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Ray Chapman

Raymond Johnson Chapman was an American baseball player. He spent his entire career as a shortstop for the Cleveland Indians. Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays and died 12 hours later. He is the only Major League Baseball player to die from an injury received during an MLB game. His death led Major League Baseball to establish a rule requiring umpires to replace the ball whenever it became dirty. Chapman’s death and sanitary concerns also led to the ban on spitball after the 1920 season. Chapmans death was one of the examples cited to justify the we ...

Mike Coolbaugh

Michael Robert Coolbaugh was an American baseball player and coach. Born in Binghamton, New York, he was the brother of major leaguer Scott Coolbaugh. Michael Coolbaugh was a 1990 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, Texas. Coolbaugh died after being hit by a line drive while working as a first-base coach in a minor league game.

Jim Creighton

For the basketball player, see Jim Creighton basketball. James Creighton, Jr. was an American baseball player during the games amateur era, and is considered by historians to be its first superstar. In 1860 and 1862 he played for one of the most dominant teams of the era, the Excelsior of Brooklyn. He also was reputed to be a superb cricketeer, and played in many amateur and professional cricket matches. During this early, pre-professional period of baseballs evolution, Creightons pitching technique changed the sport from a game that showcased hitting, running, and fielding into a confront ...

John Dodge (baseball)

John Lewis Dodge was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball from 1912 until 1913. He made his debut on August 29, 1912 for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on June 3, 1913, and played his last game for the Reds on October 5 of that year. He died in Mobile, Alabama after being hit in the head by a pitch in a minor league baseball game.

Hartog Hamburger

Hartog Hamburger was a Dutch diamond polisher and baseball player. Hamburger played as an infielder for OVVO in Amsterdam, which belonged to the highest division of Dutch baseball, the Hoofdklasse. During a game on October 9, 1924 he was hit on the head by a line drive. He became dizzy but seemed to recover. However, the next day he died at his home as a result of the impact. He is thought to be the only European baseball player who died as the result of playing a baseball game. Hamburgers son, psychiatrist Max Hamburger, was a Jewish resistance fighter and Holocaust survivor.


ⓘ Baseball deaths

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