The Cornfield

The Cornfield

A year-by-year memorial to the 128 ballplayers from my SP78 Replay season who have passed away since 1978, and like the old-time players from the movie Field of Dreams, went into the cornfield once they made life’s final out.

2021
Don Sutton, pitcher, Dodgers (January 18)
Mike Sadek, catcher, Giants (January 20)
Grant Jackson, pitcher, Pirates (February 2)
Ken Reitz, third baseman, Cardinals (March 31)
Rennie Stennett, second baseman, Pirates (May 18)
Mike Marshall, pitcher, Twins (May 31)
Dick Tidrow, pitcher, Yankees (July 10)
J.R. Richard, pitcher, Astros (August 4)

2020
Ted Cox, outfielder, Indians (March 11)
Ed Farmer, pitcher, Brewers (April 1)
Damaso Garcia, second baseman, Yankees (April 15)
Matt Keough, pitcher, A’s (May 1)
Bob Watson, first baseman, Astros (May 14)
Biff Pocoroba, catcher, Braves (May 24)
Claudell Washington, outfielder, White Sox (June 10)
Adrian Devine, pitcher, Braves (June 27)
Tom Seaver, pitcher, Reds (August 31)
Lou Brock, outfielder, Cardinals (September 6)
Jay Johnstone, outfielder, Phillies (September 26)
Joe Morgan, second baseman, Reds (October 11)
Hal Dues, pitcher, Expos (October 20)
Roger Moret, pitcher, Rangers (December 7)
Phil Niekro, pitcher, Braves (December 26)

2019
Tom Hausman, pitcher, Mets (January 16)
Leroy Stanton, designated hitter, Mariners (March 13)
Mike Colbern, catcher, White Sox (March 21)
Scott Sanderson, pitcher, Expos (April 11)
Bill Buckner, first baseman, Cubs (May 27)
Jim Bouton, pitcher, Braves (July 10)
Andy Etchebarren, catcher, Brewers (October 5)
Ron Fairly, first baseman, Angels (October 30)
Andy Hassler, pitcher, Red Sox (December 25)

2018
Rob Picciolo, infielder, A’s (January 3)
Bob Bailey, designated hitter, Red Sox (January 9)
Oscar Gamble, outfielder, Padres (January 31)
Sammy Stewart, pitcher, Orioles (March 2)
Rusty Staub, designated hitter, Tigers (March 29)
Bruce Kison, pitcher, Pirates (June 2)
Myron White, outfielder, Dodgers (August 4)
Marty Pattin, pitcher, Royals (October 3)
Willie McCovey, first baseman, Giants (October 31)

2017
Lee May, designated hitter, Orioles (July 29)
Don Baylor, designated hitter, Angels (August 7)

2016
Lance Rautzhan, pitcher, Dodgers (January 9)
Paul Dade, outfielder, Indians (August 25)

2015
Charlie Williams, pitcher, Giants (January 27)
Dave Bergman, outfielder, Astros (February 2)
Gary Woods, outfielder, Blue Jays (February 19)
Andy Mora, outfielder, Orioles (June 12)
Joaquin Andujar, pitcher, Astros (September 8)
Garry Hancock, outfielder, Red Sox (October 10)
Kerry Dineen, outfielder, Phillies (November 21)

2014
Tim Hosley, catcher, A’s (January 21)
Jim Fregosi, third baseman, Pirates (February 14)
Mike Gordon, catcher, Cubs (May 26)
Bob Welch, pitcher, Dodgers (June 9)
Bobby Castillo, pitcher, Dodgers (June 30)
Tom Veryzer, shortstop, Indians (July 8)
Allen Ripley, pitcher, Red Sox (November 7)

2013
Enzo Hernandez, shortstop, Dodgers (January 13)
Rick Camp, pitcher, Braves (April 25)
George Scott, first baseman, Red Sox (July 28)
Ed Herrmann, catcher, Expos (December 22)
Paul Blair, outfielder, Yankees (December 26)

2012
Gary Carter, catcher, Expos (February 16)
Jim Obradovich, first baseman, Astros (March 3)
Andy Replogle, pitcher, Brewers (April 10)
Pedro Borbon, pitcher, Reds (June 4)
Bob Myrick, pitcher, Mets (August 23)
Champ Summers, outfielder, Reds (October 11)
Dave May, outfielder, Brewers (October 20)

2011
Woodie Fryman, pitcher, Expos (February 4)
Mitchell Page, outfielder, A’s (March 12)
Bobby Thompson, outfielder, Rangers (April 25)
Paul Splittorff, pitcher, Royals (May 25)
Mike Flanagan, pitcher, Orioles (August 24)
Jesse Jefferson, pitcher, Blue Jays (September 8)
Bob Forsch, pitcher, Cardinals (November 3)
Randy Stein, pitcher, Brewers (December 12)

2010
Jim Bibby, pitcher, Pirates (February 16)
Joe Gates, second baseman, White Sox (March 28)
Keith Drumright, second baseman, Astros (August 7)
Wayne Twitchell, pitcher, Phillies (September 16)
Tom Underwood, pitcher, Blue Jays (November 22)

2009
Dave Roberts, pitcher, Cubs  (January 9)
Ed Rodriguez, pitcher, Brewers (March 6)
Mark Fidrych, pitcher, Tigers (April 13)

2008
Steve Mingori, pitcher, Royals (July 10)
Bobby Murcer, outfielder, Cubs (July 12)
Dock Ellis, pitcher, Rangers (December 19)

2007
Vern Ruhle, pitcher, Astros (January 20)
Bill Robinson, outfielder, Pirates (July 29)

2006
Paul Lindblad, pitcher, Yankees (January 1)
Craig Kusick, outfielder, Twins (September 27)
Joe Niekro, pitcher, Astros (October 27)

2005
Nelson Briles, pitcher, Rangers (February 13)
Pat Kelly, outfielder, Orioles (October 2)
Elrod Hendricks, catcher, Orioles (December 21)

2004
Taylor Duncan, infielder, A’s (January 3)
Tug McGraw, pitcher, Phillies (January 5)
Victor Cruz, pitcher, Blue Jays (September 26)
Doug Ault, first baseman, Blue Jays (December 22)
Johnny Oates, catcher, Dodgers (December 24)

2003
Bob Kammeyer, pitcher, Yankees (January 27)
Bobby Bonds, outfielder, Rangers (August 23)
Ken Brett, pitcher, Angels (November 18)

2002
Jim Spencer, first baseman, Yankees (February 10)
Al Cowens, outfielder, Royals (March 11)
Darrell Porter, catcher, Royals (August 5)

2001
Willie Stargell, first baseman, Pirates (April 9)

2000
John Milner, outfielder, Pirates (January 4)
Aurelio Rodriguez, third baseman, Tigers (September 23)

1999
Catfish Hunter, pitcher, Yankees (September 9)

1998
Tom Buskey, pitcher,  Blue Jays (June 7)
Mark Belanger, shortstop, Orioles (October 6)

1997
None

1996
Roger Freed, first baseman, Cardinals (January 9)

1995
Glenn Burke, outfielder, A’s (May 30)

1994
None

1993
None

1992
Aurelio Lopez, pitcher, Cardinals (September 22)

1991
None

1990
Tony Solaita, designated hitter, Angels (February 10)
Larry Cox, catcher, Cubs (February 17)
Bo Diaz, catcher, Indians (November 23)

1989
Donnie Moore, pitcher, Cubs (July 18)

1988
None

1987
Nino Espinosa, pitcher, Mets (December 24)

1986
Eddie Solomon, pitcher, Braves (January 12)

1985
None

1984
Lynn McGlothen, pitcher, Cubs (August 14)

1983
None

1982
Francisco Barrios, pitcher, White Sox (April 9)

1981
None

1980
None

1979
Thurman Munson, catcher, Yankees (August 2)

1978
Lyman Bostock, outfielder, Angels (September 23)

102 responses to “The Cornfield

  1. SP78 Giants skipper Joe Altobelli has joined the managerial cornfield . . .

    • Goodbye, Joe…subject of one of the more infamous SP78 suspensions. I should find out how many (if any) 1978 managers are still alive today. Offhand, I don’t know…it would be weird if he’d been the last.

  2. Pat Corrales, Bobby Cox, Roger Craig, Whitey Herzog, Billy Hunter, Jack McKeon, Jeff Torborg, Joe Torre, and Bill Virdon are still alive as of today.

    • Thanks for the list! Billy Hunter is the oldest, at 92, while three others clock in at 79, the youngest age of the bunch. Sad to think that one of them will be the ‘last man standing’.

  3. Thanks for adding Ken Reitz, Cardinals’ 3B and one of my favorites from the Gibson/Brock era. RIP Ken.

    • I read up on him when I found out he’d passed away, and he seemed like a neat guy. I’ve always liked his ’74 Topps card…in action at third base, chewing gum and blowing a bubble.

  4. Pirates utility player and only 7 for 7 man, Rennie Stennett . . . RIP

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