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The following are major league players died while active. The definition of "active" is slightly loose: it includes players who died while in the minors.

Name Date of death Last major league game Cause of death
Oscar Taveras October 26, 2014 September 28, 2014 Car crash
Rosman Garcia December 29, 2011 August 8, 2004 Car crash
Greg Halman November 21, 2011 August 3, 2011 Murder - stabbed
Jose Lima May 23, 2010 July 7, 2006 Heart attack
Nick Adenhart April 9, 2009 April 8, 2009 Car Crash
Geremi González May 25, 2008 September 26, 2006 Struck by lightning
Joe Kennedy November 23, 2007 September 29, 2007 Heart attack
Josh Hancock April 29, 2007 April 28, 2007 Car crash
Cory Lidle October 11, 2006 October 1, 2006 Plane crash
Mario Encarnacion October 3, 2005 April 14, 2002 Heart attack
Dernell Stenson November 5, 2003 September 28, 2003 Murder - gunshot
Steve Bechler February 17, 2003 September 22, 2002 Heat stroke in spring training
Darryl Kile June 22, 2002 June 18, 2002 Heart attack while sleeping
Mike Darr Jr. February 15, 2002 October 7, 2001 Car crash
Miguel Del Toro October 6, 2001 October 1, 2000 Car crash
Andújar Cedeño October 28, 2000 September 15, 1996 Car crash
John Leroy June 25, 2001 September 26, 1997 Heart attack and aneurysm
Ken Robinson February 28, 1999 September 24, 1997 Car crash
Mike Sharperson May 26, 1996 July 15, 1995 Car crash
Jose Oliva December 22, 1997 October 1, 1995 Car crash
Cliff Young November 4, 1993 July 24, 1993 Car crash
Tim Crews March 23, 1993 March 10, 1992 Boat crash
Steve Olin March 22, 1993 October 4, 1992 The same boat crash
Donnie Moore July 18, 1989 August 7, 1988 Suicide
Joe DeSa December 20, 1986 October 3, 1985 Car crash
Francisco Barrios April 9, 1982 June 3, 1981 Heart attack
Steve Macko November 15, 1981 August 6, 1980 Cancer
Thurman Munson August 2, 1979 August 1, 1979 Plane crash
Lyman Bostock September 24, 1978 September 23, 1978 Murder - gunshot
Mike Miley January 7, 1977 October 3, 1976 Car crash
Danny Frisella January 1, 1977 September 23, 1976 Dune buggy accident
Danny Thompson December 10, 1976 October 2, 1976 Leukemia
Bob Moose October 9, 1976 September 25, 1976 Car crash
Don Wilson January 5, 1975 September 28, 1974 Apparent suicide
Roberto Clemente December 31, 1972 November 10, 1972 Plane crash
Chico Ruiz February 9, 1972 August 3, 1971 Car crash
Herman Hill December 17, 1970 October 1, 1970 Drowned
Paul Edmondson February 13, 1970 September 25, 1969 Car crash
Miguel Fuentes January 29, 1970 October 2, 1969 Shot
Nestor Chavez March 16, 1969 September 30, 1969 Plane crash
Walt Bond September 14, 1967 May 7, 1967 Leukemia
Jay Dahl June 21, 1965 September 27, 1963 Car crash
Dick Wantz May 13, 1965 April 13, 1965 Brain tumor
Jim Umbricht April 8, 1964 September 29, 1963 Melanoma
Ken Hubbs February 15, 1964 September 29, 1963 Plane crash
Dixie Howell March 18, 1960 April 26, 1958 Heart attack
Charlie Peete November 27, 1956 August 16, 1956 Plane crash
Tom Gastall September 20, 1956 September 19, 1956 Drowned
Howie Fox October 9, 1955 September 25, 1954 Stabbed
Harry Agganis June 27, 1955 June 2, 1955 Pulmonary embolism
Herb Gorman April 5, 1953 April 19, 1952 Heart attack
Tiny Bonham September 15, 1949 August 27, 1949 Emergency appendectomy: complications
Chris Hartje June 26, 1946 September 23, 1939 Burns
Woody Crowson August 14, 1947 April 17, 1945 Bus collision with truck
Cy Blanton September 13, 1945 May 6, 1942 Internal hemorrhages and cirrhosis
Al Montgomery April 26, 1942 September 17, 1941 Car crash
Willard Hershberger August 3, 1940 August 2, 1940 Suicide
Tiny Chaplin March 25, 1939 September 27, 1936 Car crash
Clyde Hatter October 17, 1937 May 10, 1937 Heart attack
Len Koenecke September 17, 1935 September 15, 1935 Fighting
Pea Ridge Day March 21, 1934 September 21, 1931 Suicide
Neal Finn July 7, 1933 June 17, 1933 Ulcer and intestinal obstruction
Howard Freigau July 18, 1932 September 29, 1928 Drowned
Ed Morris March 3, 1932 September 21, 1931 Stabbed
Hal Carlson May 28, 1930 May 23, 1930 Stomach ulcers
Gus Sandberg February 3, 1930 August 8, 1924 Burns
Walt Lerian October 22, 1929 October 5, 1929 Hit by truck
Roy Meeker March 25, 1929 September 25, 1926 Heart attack
Denny Williams March 23, 1929 July 18, 1928 Car crash
Urban Shocker September 9, 1928 May 30, 1928 Heart illness
Ike McAuley April 6, 1928 May 30, 1925 Pneumonia
Marv Goodwin October 21, 1925 October 4, 1925 Plane crash
Emil Huhn September 25, 1925 June 30, 1917 Car crash
Jake Daubert October 9, 1924 September 20, 1924 Appendectomy
Tony Boeckel February 16, 1924 October 6, 1923 Car crash
Harry Smith April 1, 1922 June 23, 1918 Pneumonia
Austin McHenry November 27, 1922 July 31, 1922 Brain tumor
Pat Kilhullen October 25, 1922 June 10, 1914 Small pox
Pickles Dillhoefer February 23, 1922 October 1, 1921 Typhoid pneumonia
Ray Chapman August 17, 1920 August 16, 1920 Baseball: hit by pitch
Joe Leonard May 1, 1920 April 23, 1920 Appendicitis
Larry Chappell November 8, 1918 April 25, 1917 Influenza
Ralph Sharman May 24, 1918 October 3, 1917 Drowned
Bob Unglaub November 29, 1916 September 17, 1910 Crushed in a railroad pit
John Dodge June 19, 1916 October 5, 1913 Hit by pitch
King Cole January 6, 1916 September 20, 1915 Tuberculosis
Otis Johnson November 9, 1915 September 21, 1911 Hunting accident -- shot
Marc Hall February 24, 1915 July 29, 1914 Diabetes
Jim Doyle February 1, 1912 October 12, 1911 Burst appendix
George Craig April 23, 1911 September 17, 1907 Murdered - shot
Addie Joss April 14, 1911 November 7, 1910 Meningitis
Dan McGann December 13, 1910 October 7, 1908 Suicide
Alan Storke March 18, 1910 October 6, 1909 Streptococcus and empyema
Jimmy Sebring December 22, 1909 August 6, 1909 Bright's disease
Doc Powers April 26, 1909 April 12, 1909 Intestinal blockage and gangrene
Cozy Dolan March 29, 1907 October 5, 1906 Typhoid fever
Chick Stahl March 28, 1907 October 6, 1906 Suicide
Pat Hynes March 12, 1907 October 9, 1904 Murdered -- shot
Pete Dowling June 30, 1905 September 28, 1901 Hit by train
Ed Delahanty February 7, 1903 June 25, 1903 Fell, or possibly jumped, into Niagara Falls
Win Mercer January 12, 1903 September 27, 1902 Suicide
Tom O'Brien February 3, 1901 October 13, 1900 Pneumonia
Jack Taylor February 7, 1900 September 12, 1899 Bright's disease
Jim Rogers January 21, 1900 June 15, 1897 Complications from earlier hit by pitch
Marty Bergen January 19, 1900 October 13, 1899 Suicide
Pat Luby April 24, 1899 June 11, 1895 Tuberculosis
Jim Ritz November 10, 1896 July 20, 1894 Typhoid fever
Edgar McNabb February 28, 1894 August 11, 1893 Suicide
Jim Fogarty May 20, 1891 October 4, 1890 Tuberculosis
Bill Blair February 22, 1890 September 23, 1888 Influenza
Frank Ringo April 12, 1889 September 18, 1886 Suicide
Len Sowders November 21, 1888 October 14, 1886 Typhoid fever
Amos Cross July 16, 1888 October 8, 1887 Tuberculosis
Charlie Ferguson April 29, 1888 October 8, 1887 Typhoid fever
John Ake May 11, 1887 July 15, 1884 Drowned
Tom Miller May 29, 1876 October 29, 1875 Malaria
Cy Bentley February 26, 1873 August 9, 1872 Consumption
Al Thake September 1, 1872 August 28, 1872 Drowned
Elmer White March 18, 1872 September 27, 1871 Consumption
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