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2007 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world.
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Higher seed had home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The American League champion has home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the All-Star Game.
1 - The appearance by the Huskies of Rouen, France in the final marks the first time since 1976 that a team from outside the professional leagues of the Netherlands or Italy has finished in the top two.
+Denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league. The Rockies defeated the Padres 9-8 (13) in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card.
The 90 wins by the Diamondbacks and Rockies were the fewest to lead the NL since 1959, with the exception of the strike-shortened seasons of 1981, 1994 and 1995. No NL team won or lost 95 games for the first time since 1983.
Also, this was the second consecutive season in which no team won at least 60% of its games, the first time that this has happened in Major League Baseball history.
April 15 - To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first major league game, dozens of players wear his league-wide retired number, 42. The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of six teams whose entire roster wears number 42 for their games.
April 20 - Bruce Froemming umpires at first base in the Cleveland Indians-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game, passing Bill Klem to become - at age 67 years, 204 days - the oldest umpire in major league history.
April 23 - Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees hits two home runs, his 13th and 14th of the season, in a 10-8 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, surpassing the American League record and tying the Major League record for most home runs hit in the month of April.
Manny Ramírez becomes the fifth player to hit at least 50 career home runs against the New York Yankees, leading his Red Sox to a 7-4 victory.
May 31 - According to the Elias Sports Bureau, for the first time since 1900, the Chicago White Sox lose a game in which the opposing team had no base runners on base at the beginning of any at-bat. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle surrendered two home runs, but no other hits or walks in a 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays.
June 4 - Mark Ellishits for the cycle at McAfee Coliseum as his Oakland Athletics defeat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4 in 11 innings. He hit a triple in the 2nd inning, a solo home run in the 4th and a double in the 6th. Although a fielder's choice in the 8th with the A's holding the lead seemingly ended his run for the cycle, a rally by the Red Sox in the 9th pushed extra innings, allowing Ellis to get the single he needed in the 10th inning.
June 5 - The Toronto Blue Jays score six runs in the bottom of the 9th when down 11-6 to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 12-11, the second five-run deficit overcome in the ninth this season.
June 15 - The New York Yankees' 44-year old Roger Clemens faces the New York Mets' 49-year old Julio Franco in the top of the second inning of what is eventually a Yankee 2-0 shutout win and Franco flies out to right. In what is an otherwise nondescript moment, this is the oldest combined batter-pitcher occurrence ever in the major leagues to date.
June 16 - The Cubs and Padres each collect only two hits as Russell Branyan's home run in the ninth inning gives San Diego a 1-0 win. The Cubs' Carlos Zambrano takes a no-hitter into the eighth, while Padres starter Chris Young allows no hits before being ejected in the fourth following a brawl.
June 20 - Sammy Sosa becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit 600 home runs when he connects against Jason Marquis in the Texas Rangers' 7-3 win over the Cubs. It is his first home run against his former club, giving him at least one against every major league team.
Craig Biggio becomes the 27th player in major league history to record 3,000 hits with a seventh-inning single - his third hit of the game - against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park. Biggio becomes the first member of the 3,000 hit club to be called out at the end of his milestone hit, having been caught trying to stretch the hit into a double. He is the 14th player to record 3,000 hits with his initial team, and in September ends his career with 3,060 hits.
July 2 - Roger Clemens becomes the eighth major league pitcher to win 350 games, in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Minnesota Twins.
July 6 - With wins of 20-14 and 12-0, the Minnesota Twins score the most runs in a doubleheader since the Boston Red Sox scored 35 times and swept Philadelphia on July 4, 1939. The Twins are led in the nightcap by Justin Morneau, who hit three homers. He is the fourth Twin to homer three times in a game, and the first since Tony Oliva in 1973.
July 9 - Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels wins the 2007 Home Run Derby in San Francisco. Despite the highly publicized presence of McCovey Cove beyond the right field fence, not a single home run touches the water.
August 19 - Johan Santana picks up his 13th win of the year behind a career-best and club-record 17 strikeouts in eight innings, helping the Twins wrap up their three-game series at home with the Rangers. Sammy Sosa notches the only two Rangers hits.
August 20 - Bobby Jenks' tied record of 41 consecutive retired batters comes to an end when Joey Gathright of the Kansas City Royals hits a single to lead off the top of the ninth inning of a game between the Royals and White Sox.
August 22 - In the first game of a doubleheader, the Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, setting a new record for runs scored by a single team in a game in the modern (post-1900) era, and the American League all-time record. The Rangers' 30 runs were the most in a game since the Chicago Colts beat the Louisville Colonels 36-7 on June 29, 1897. With a 9-7 victory in the second game, the Rangers also set the record for most runs scored by a single team in a doubleheader, with 39.
Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners records his 200th hit of the season, a home run off the Yankees' Roger Clemens. It is the seventh consecutive season he has reached this mark, tying him with Wade Boggs for the modern major league record.
September 6 - Rick Ankiel's stunning one-month return to baseball as a hitter is mired by controversy when the New York Daily News reports that he purchased 12 months' worth of HGH from a Florida pharmacy from January to December 2004. A few days later, Jay Gibbons of the Orioles is reported to also have received HGH from the same pharmacy. Ankiel did not deny using HGH prior to MLB's official banning of the substance in 2005, stating he used it during that time under the care of a licensed physician.
September 7 - Curtis Granderson of the Tigers hits his 20th home run of the season, becoming the sixth player in major league history, and the first since 1979, to join the 20-20-20 club, indicating 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 home runs in the same season. He ends the season with 38 doubles, 23 triples, and 23 home runs.
September 8 - The 50th and 51st home runs of the season by Alex Rodriguez are his 48th and 49th as a third baseman. The first breaks his own AL record for the position, while the second breaks the major league record for the position which had stood since 1980 (Mike Schmidt, tied by Adrián Beltré in 2004). Rodriguez's 50th home run also makes him the first player in major league history to collect 50 home runs, 130 runs scored, 130 RBI and 20 stolen bases in a single season (the previous closest player was Larry Walker in 1997, who fell one home run short with 49 HR, 143 runs, 130 RBI and 33 steals).
At Comerica Park, Curtis Granderson collects his 20th stolen base during the first inning of a 14-7 Seattle victory over Detroit. Granderson joins Willie Mays (1957) [26-20-35-38, respectively below] and Frank "Wildfire" Schulte (1911) [30-21-21-23, respectively below] as the only players in major league history with 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases during a regular season--ending his season with 38 doubles, 23 triples, 23 home runs, and 26 stolen bases.
Jim Thome of the White Sox, playing in his 2,000th game, becomes the 23rd player in major league history to reach the 500 home run milestone when he hits a walk-off home run off Dustin Moseley of the Angels to win the game 9-7, making 2007 the first season in history in which three players have hit their 500th homer in the same season. It is also the first time that the 500-homer mark has been reached with a walk-off shot.
David Wright of the Mets hits his 30th home run of the season to go with 31 stolen bases, becoming only the fifth player in major league history to become a member of the 30-30 club before the age of 25, in a 10-6 loss to the Phillies.
Todd Jones of the Tigers becomes the 21st pitcher in major league history to record 300 saves.
September 17 - Frank Thomas of the Blue Jays hits three home runs in a 6-1 win over the Red Sox, tying him for 18th all-time with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with 512. Two of the homers are hit off Tim Wakefield, who gave up all three shots in Thomas' only previous three-homer game in 1996.
September 18 - Moisés Alou of the Mets, age 41, hits in his 22nd consecutive game, a modern era record for a player over 40.
September 19 - Andy Pettitte becomes the 110th pitcher to earn 200 major league victories in the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Orioles.
Moisés Alou extends his hitting streak to 25 games, breaking the Mets single-season record shared by Mike Piazza and Hubie Brooks. In the same game, the Marlins commit a franchise-high six errors in a 9-6 loss. Eight of the nine runs were unearned as a result of the errors, two of them by Miguel Cabrera. Two days later, Alou surpasses David Wright's overall club mark of 26 games, which spanned two seasons. The streak ends at 30 games on the 26th, a new major league record for a player over 40.
September 22 - The Boston Red Sox become the first major league team to earn a playoff spot with an 8-6 defeat of the Devil Rays.
The Cleveland Indians clinch their first American League Central title since 2001 with a 6-2 victory over the Athletics. They are also the first team to clinch a division, as the Red Sox have so far only secured a playoff spot.
Prince Fielder becomes, at age 23, the youngest player ever to hit 50 home runs after connecting twice in the Brewers' 9-1 victory over the Cardinals. He also becomes part of the first father-son duo to hit 50 home runs in one season, his father Cecil having hit 51 in 1990.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits his 32nd home run of the season in the first inning against the Brewers, giving him 100 RBI and making him the first player in major league history to have at least a .300 batting average with 30 homers and 100 RBI in his first seven seasons.
Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell collects five RBI in an 11-6 Boston victory over the Athletics, raising his total to 116 and setting a new team record for most RBI in a season by a third baseman; Butch Hobson collected 112 RBI in 1977.
The New York Yankees secure their 13th consecutive postseason berth with a 12-4 rout of the Devil Rays.
Barry Bonds goes 0-for-3 in his final game with the Giants, an 11-3 loss to the visiting Padres.
September 27 - Phillies first baseman Ryan Howardstrikes out for the 196th and 197th times of the season, surpassing Adam Dunn's single-season record of 195 strikeouts in 2004. He ends the season with a new record of 199 strikeouts.
The Boston Red Sox clinch their first American League East title since 1995 and break the Yankees' streak of nine straight division crowns when they defeat the Twins 5-2 and the Bronx Bombers drop a 10-9 decision to the Orioles in 10 innings.
In just their tenth year of play, the Arizona Diamondbacks secure a playoff spot for the fourth time in franchise history.
In his second-to-last major league game, Craig Biggio plays at his original position of catcher for the first two innings, playing behind the plate for the first time in 16 years after spending his first four seasons there.
The New York Mets lose to the Florida Marlins 8-1, completing one of the worst collapses in major league history by squandering a 7-game lead with 17 games remaining in the NL East race, and finish the season one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who defeat the Nationals 6-1 to clinch the division title for the first time since 1993.
Jimmy Rollins collects his 20th triple of the season, making him the seventh member of the 20-20-20 club and the second new member this year along with Curtis Granderson; this also marks the first time in major league history that two batters record 20-20-20 seasons during the same year. He also becomes the fourth member of the 20-20-20-20 club, as well as the first player in major league history to collect at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season; this also marks the first time that two players record 20-20-20-20 seasons during the same year (Granderson met the mark earlier in September 2007), and the second time that a batter had a 30-30 season and a 20-20-20-20 season during the same year (Willie Mays accomplished the feat in 1957). Rollins ends the season with 38 doubles, 20 triples, 30 home runs, and 41 stolen bases.
Bruce Froemming receives a standing ovation from his Milwaukee hometown crowd prior to working his last regular-season game after a record 37 full seasons as a major league umpire; his final game overall takes place on October 8 in the Indians-Yankees AL Division Series. In the game, the San Diego Padres fail to clinch the NL wild card spot by losing 11-6 to the Milwaukee Brewers. He also extends his record (April 20) for oldest umpire ever in a regular-season game to 68 years, 2 days.
October 1 - The Colorado Rockies defeat the San Diego Padres 9-8 in 13 innings in the 2007 NL Wild Card tie-breaker to secure the last of the eight MLB playoff spots, completing a run in which they won 14 of their last 15 games, tying the best 15-game finish in major league history. Despite an error in the game, the Rockies also set a major league record for team fielding percentage (.9893), breaking the 2006Boston Red Sox mark of .9891.
October 24 - The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces that it will honor Buck O'Neil by establishing a lifetime achievement award in his name. O'Neil, a Negro League first baseman and manager who died in October 2006, will be honored with a statue to be dedicated at the next Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, N.Y. After leaving the Negro Leagues, O'Neil became the first African American coach in the majors by joining the Cubs staff in 1962, and was later an influential figure in the promotion of baseball and study of Negro Leagues history. He was nominated to a special Hall ballot for Negro League players, managers, and executives in 2006, but didn't receive the necessary number of votes to gain admission into the Hall.
During the early innings of Game 4 of the World Series, Scott Boras, the agent for Alex Rodriguez, announces that A-Rod will exercise his option to void the remaining four years of his contract with the Yankees and will become a free agent.
October 30 - The Yankees sign Joe Girardi to a three-year deal as their new manager. In the meantime, amid rumors that Torre will be hired as the team's new manager, Grady Little resigns as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
By a vote of 25-5, major league general managers endorse the use of instant replay for the first time, with the condition that its scope be limited to determining where a potential home run ball left the park or the possibility of fan interference on a home run.
General managers decide to mandate head protection for first- and third-base coaches during games, starting in 2008. This was prompted by the death on July 22 of minor-league first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh of the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, who was hit in the neck by a foul line drive, killing him on impact.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays officially drop the "Devil" from their name, becoming the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to the name change, they also change their colors from green and black to navy blue, Columbia blue, and gold, and design new uniforms that will be worn starting in 2008.
Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers edges Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies in the closest balloting since 1980 (128-126) for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is a clear choice in the AL.
The New York Yankees re-sign catcher Jorge Posada for $52.4 million over four years. This makes Posada the highest-paid catcher in MLB history, edging out Mike Piazza's $13 million average from 1999 to 2005.
November 15 - San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy wins the NL Cy Young Award by unanimous vote.
Barry Bonds is indicted on charges of perjury and obstructing justice.
Alex Rodriguez agrees to an outline of a deal with the New York Yankees (10 years, $275 million, with extra money if he breaks the career home run record with the Yankees. In total the deal could reach $300 million.)
November 26 - The Lotte Giants hire Jerry Royster as their new manager. Royster, a former major league player and longtime minor league manager, is the first foreigner ever hired to manage a team in the Korea Baseball Organization. Another Lotte-owned team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, of Nippon Pro Baseball, had had their best run ever thanks to an American manager, Bobby Valentine.
January 1 - Ernie Koy, 97, well-traveled outfielder who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1938-1939 before joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1940-41), Cincinnati Reds (1941-42) and Philadelphia Phillies (1942), compiling a .279/.332/.427 line and 36 home runs in 558 games, including a homer in his first major league at-bat, whose career finished when entered military service during World War II.
January 4 - Bob Milliken, 80, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1953 and 1954 seasons.
January 9 - Ben Callahan, 49, pitcher for the 1983 Oakland Athletics.
January 19 - Bill Lefebvre, 91, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators in a span of four seasons from 1943-1944.
January 20 - Vern Ruhle, 55, pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and California Angels during thirteen seasons from 1974 to 1986, posting notable starts for Houston in the 1980-1981 playoffs, and later became a reliable pitching coach for four National League teams over nine seasons between 1997 and 2006.
January 23 - Dick Joyce, 63, pitcher for the 1965 Kansas City Athletics.
January 25 - Jack Lang, 85, sportswriter for New York area newspapers from 1946 to 1989, and also longtime BBWAA official who was responsible for notifying Hall of Famers of their election from 1966 to 1988.
January 27 - Bing Devine, 90, general manager who built the St. Louis Cardinals' NL pennant winners of 1964 and 1967-1968, becoming later president of the New York Mets.
January 29 - Art Fowler, 84, pitcher for the Cincinnati Redlegs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels over nine seasons spanning 1954-1964, before becoming a pitching coach for five teams under manager Billy Martin in fourteen seasons from 1954-1988.
January 30 - Max Lanier, 91, two-time All-Star pitcher who won 45 games and posted a very solid 2.47 earned run average from 1942 to 1944 for the St. Louis Cardinals, leading the National League in ERA in 1943, while winning three consecutive NL pennants and two World Series rings in 1942 and 1944, including the final game of the 1944 Classic.
February 1 - Ray Berres, 99, catcher for four NL teams from 1934 to 1945, later a White Sox pitching coach for nearly two decades.
February 4 - Steve Barber, 68, All-Star pitcher for the Orioles who in 1963 became the first 20-game winner in modern Baltimore history.
February 4 - Jim Pisoni, 77, outfielder, the last player to debut in a St. Louis Browns uniform, who also played for the Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves and New York Yankees.
February 6 - Lew Burdette, 80, All-Star pitcher for the Braves who was MVP of the 1957 World Series, led NL with 21 wins in 1959.
February 9 - Hank Bauer, 84, three-time All-Star right fielder for the New York Yankees, being a member of seven World Series champion teams between 1949 and 1966, who later managed the Baltimore Orioles to the 1966 World Series title.
February 15 - Terry Enyart, 56, pitcher who appeared in two games for the 1974 Montreal Expos.
February 15 - Buddy Hancken, 92, catcher for the 1940 Philadelphia Athletics; later a minor league manager, scout, coach and executive.
February 18 - Danny Reynolds, 87, infielder for the 1945 Chicago White Sox.
February 20 - Bob Malloy, 88, pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Browns in a span of five seasons between 1943 and 1949, one of many ballplayers whose career was interrupted during World War conflict.
February 20 - Casey Wise, 74, infielder who played for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves and Detroit Tigers over four seasons from 1957-1960.
February 21 - Sherman Jones, 72, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets in three seasons from 1960 to 1962, who also appeared in the 1961 World Series with Cincinnati and later served as a Kansas legislator for twelve years.
March 3 - Gene Oliver, 71, catcher and first baseman for five teams in the 1960s who hit 21 home runs for the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.
March 7 - Emil Mailho, 97, outfielder for the 1936 Philadelphia Athletics.
March 8 - John Vukovich, 59, third baseman for three teams, mainly for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1970 to 1981, coaching later for them during 17 seasons.
March 10 - Art Lopatka, 87, pitcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945 and for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946.
March 10 - Bobby Sturgeon, 87, middle infielder for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Braves in part of six seasons spanning 1940-1948, one of many big leaguers whose career was interrupted during World War II.
March 12 - Norm Larker, 76, All-Star first baseman, and also a member of the original Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Colt .45s teams.
March 15 - Bowie Kuhn, 80, commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1984 who oversaw strong increases in attendance, the arrival of free agency and the sport's first labor strikes.
March 15 - Marty Martínez, 65, utility infielder for six teams from 1962 to 1972; became a coach and scout for the Mariners.
March 22 - Don Dennis, 65, relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1965-1966, who was named St. Louis rookie of the year in 1965.
March 22 - Willard Schmidt, 78, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals (1952-1957) and Cincinnati Reds (1958-1959).
March 23 - Ed Bailey, 75, six-time All-Star and power hitting catcher, whose 14-year career include a nine-year stint with the Cincinnati Reds from 1953-1961, who, like other catchers of his generation, was overshadowed by Yogi Berra and Roy Campanella.
April 1 - Herb Carneal, 83, broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins since their second season in 1962, who previously called games in Philadelphia both for the Athletics and Phillies, and later for the Baltimore Orioles.
April 1 - Lou Limmer, 82, first baseman who hit the last home run for the Philadelphia Athletics and had the last hit in their final game in Philadelphia.
April 6 - Ed Bahr, 87, Canadian pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 to 1947.
April 10 - Dick Kryhoski, 82, first baseman for four American League teams in six seasons 1949 to 1955, as well one of few players to play for the St. Louis Browns in its 1953 final season and for the Baltimore Orioles in their 1954 inaugural campaign.
June 4 - Clete Boyer, 70, Gold Glove third baseman who played for the Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves over fifteen seasons spanning 1955-1971, winning five consecutive American League pennants with the Yankees from 1960-1964, and a Gold Glove Award with the Braves in 1969.
June 15 - Larry Whiteside, 69, pioneering African American journalist known for his coverage of baseball for a number of American newspapers.
June 23 - Rod Beck, 38, three-time All-Star relief pitcher who played from 1991 through 2001 for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres, winning the 1994 NL Rolaids Relief Man Award with the Giants, while setting franchise season records with 24 consecutive saves and 48 overall in its 1993 season.
July 11 - Shag Crawford, 90, umpire for 3,082 National League games between 1956 and 1975, who also worked in three World Series, two NL Championship Series, and three All-Star Games, and was the father of NL umpire Jerry Crawford.
July 16 - Carl McNabb, 90, who played briefly for the Detroit Tigers in 1945.
July 18 - Orlando McFarlane, 69, catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and California Angels over five seasons spanning 1962-1968.
July 22 - Rollie Stiles, 100, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns in three seasons from 1930-33, the last living person to have pitched to Babe Ruth, and also the oldest living former MLB player at the time of his death.
July 29 - Bill Robinson, 64, outfielder who played 1966 through 1983 for the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, collecting three World Series rings as a player for the 1979 Pirates, and later as a coach for both the 1986 New York Mets and 2003 Florida Marlins.
August 1 - Pete Naktenis, 93, pitcher who played with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1936 and for the Cincinnati Reds between in 1939.
August 3 - Lee Griffeth, 82, pitcher for the 1946 Philadelphia Athletics.
August 4 - Frank Mancuso, 89, catcher who played with the St. Louis Browns in three seasons from 1944-1946 and for the Washington Senators in 1947, serving later on the Houston City Council during 31 years from 1963 to 1993.
August 14 - Phil Rizzuto, 89, Hall of Fame shortstop who won thirteen American League pennants and seven World Series during his thirteen-season career with the New York Yankees, earning 1950 American League MVP Award honors and three MLB All-Star Game selections, and later broadcasting Yankees games on radio and television during four decades.
August 17 - Chico García, 82, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman who played for the 1954 Baltimore Orioles, while winning batting titles in the Arizona-Texas League in 1963 and the Mexican League in 1963, before managing in the ML from 1965 to 1976.
August 17 - Dee Sanders, 86, pitcher for 1945 for the St. Louis Browns in its 1945 season.
August 20 - Wild Bill Hagy, 68, popular fan noted for leading cheers at Baltimore Orioles games in the 1970s and 1980s.
August 23 - Bobby Herrera, 81, Mexican pitcher who played in 1951 for the St. Louis Browns.
August 26 - Chuck Comiskey, 81, vice president of the Chicago White Sox in the 1950s, as well as the last member of the Comiskey dinasty to be involved in the club's operation.
October 3 - Bunky Stewart, 76, pitcher for the Washington Senators over five seasons from 1952-1956.
October 4 - Don Nottebart, 71, pitcher whose major league career included stints with five different clubs between 1960 and 1969, who pitched the first no-hitter in Houston Colt .45s/Astros history on May 17, 1963, though he has the dubious distinction of yielding the first grand slam of the 1961 season, and delivering Willie Mays' 500th home run in 1965.
November 15 - Joe Nuxhall, 79, two-time All-Star pitcher who became the youngest man ever to play in the major leagues - a mark he still holds, when he debuted as a 15-year-old with the Cincinnati Reds on June 10, 1944, while pitching for Cincinnati nine more seasons from 1952-1960, and remaining in the Reds organization on a second career as a member of the broadcast team, as he called the Reds games including those with which they won the World Series in the 1975, 1976 and 1990, ending his baseball career in 2004, over 60 years after his professional pitching debut.
November 22 - Ken Wood, 83, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators during six seasons from 1948 to 1953.
November 23 - Joe Kennedy, 28, pitcher for five teams since 2001, most recently with the Blue Jays; posted a 9-7 mark with a 3.66 ERA for the 2004 Rockies.
November 23 - Al Yates, 62, backup outfielder for the 1971 Milwaukee Brewers.
December 14 - Cuddles Marshall, 82, pitcher for the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns between 1946 and 1950, who was the Yankees pitcher to start the first night game at Yankee Stadium on May 28, 1946.
December 17 - Don Chevrier, 68, Canadian television broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays during 20 years, who also spanned The World of Sports variety show for CBC Sports for more than 30 years.
December 20 - Tommy Byrne, 87, All-Star pitcher for four American League teams who earned 72 of his 85 major league victories with the New York Yankees, including three 15-win seasons for pennant winners, earning two World Series with New York in 1949 and 1956.
December 21 - Jack Lamabe, 71, pitcher from 1962 to 1968 for seven major league teams, mainly with the Boston Red Sox.
December 25 - Jim Beauchamp, 68, outfielder and first baseman for seven major league teams from 1963 to 1974, who later managed in the minor league manager from 1975-1990 and coached in the major leagues from 1991-1998.