Prominent Major League Baseball players who died during their careers

Nick Adenhart delivers a pitch during his final game with the Angels in April 2009.
(Los Angeles Times)

A look at Angels who have died while active and at other prominent MLB players who died while still playing in the majors or minors.

Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead Monday in Texas. He was 27.


Pitcher Nick Adenhart, 22, car accident, 2009


Outfielder Lyman Bostock, 27, shot to death, 1978

Shortstop Mike Miley, 23, car accident, 1977

Infielder Chico Ruiz, 33, car accident, 1972

Pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27, unknown, 2019


Pitcher Dick Wantz, 25, brain tumor, 1965


Outfielder Len Koenecke, 31, cerebral hemorrhage, 1935

Pitcher Doc McJames, 27, tuberculosis, 1901

Others of note

Boston Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis, 26, pulmonary embolism, 1955

Boston Red Sox outfielder Chick Stahle, 34, suicide, 1907

Chicago Cubs second baseman Ken Hubbs, 22, plane crash, 1964


Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman, 29, hit in head by pitch, 1920

Cleveland Indians pitcher Tim Crews, 31, boat accident, 1993

Cleveland Indians pitcher Addie Joss, 31, meningitis, 1911

Cleveland Indians pitcher Steve Olin, 27, boat accident, 1993

Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson, 29, carbon monoxide poisoning, 1975

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, 25, car accident, 2017

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, 24, boat accident, 2016

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Barrios, 28, heart attack, 1982


Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Danny Frisella, 30, dune buggy crash, 1977

New York Giants outfielder Ross Youngs, 30, Bright’s disease, 1927

New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, 34, plane crash, 2006

New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, 32, plane crash, 1979

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente, 38, plane crash, 1972

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Moose, 29, car accident, 1976

San Diego Padres outfielder Mike Darr, 25, car accident, 2002

San Diego Padres infielder Mike Sharperson, 34, car accident, 1996

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tommy Hanson, 29, catastrophic organ failure, 2015

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock, 29, car accident, 2007

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile, 33, heart attack, 2002

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, car accident, 2014

Texas Rangers shortstop Danny Thompson, 29, leukemia, 1976

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Joe Kennedy, 28, heart disease, 2007

Washington Senators outfielder Ed Delahanty, 35, drowned, 1903

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