I've chosen Mark Fidrych as my current avatar ..his career was cut way too short by injury ..and his life was cut way too short by freak accident.
I have come up with a partial team of players who died too young. Maybe somebody can fill in the rest of the team (3b) and/or upgrade position and bench?
1b Lou Gehrig (ALS)2b Ken Hubbs (Plane Crash)3bSS Ray Chapman (Hit by Pitch) C Thurman Munson (Plane Crash)OF Lymon Bostock (Homicide)OF Ed Delahanty (drowned)RF Roberto Clemente (Plane Crash)
P Steve Belcher (drugs)P Don Wilson (poisoning)P Darryl Kile (heart attack)P Addie Joss (meningitis)P Urban Shocker (pneunomia)
MGR Gil Hodges (Heart Attack)
Urban Shocker is my new favorite name.
Here's a Wikipedia list of players who died during their careers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sportspeople_who_died_during_their_careers#Major_League_Baseball
We'll pencil John Dodge in as our current 3b ..and list Donnie Moore in the bullpen.
Is there anybody else to add to the All-Time "Died Too Young" team?
Aurelio Rodgriguez syruck by a car and killed down in Mexican Village
Norm Cash, coming out of a bar, fell off the dock and drowned up by Traverse City
Tony Conigliario, ..excellent choice.
Had plenty power at a very very young age, ..but not much speed.