May 2014 Issue

In Memoriam

The following Major League players passed away recently. A summarized bio and a link to their career stats are provided. For some players, a link to a more detailed biography from SABR is also provided.

Bill Henry
Died: 04/11/2014
Age: 86

The left-handed pitcher made his major-league debut in 1952 as a starter with the Boston Red Sox. After a two year absence following the 1955 season, he joined the Chicago Cubs as a relief pitcher for two seasons. He would then go on to pitch for the Cincinnati Reds where, in 1960, he made the All Star team. In 1961 he pitched in two World Series games with the Reds. He later pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants before ending his career in 1969 with the Houston Astros. Henry had a career record of 46-50.

Career Statistics
Hal Smith
Died: 04/12/2014
Age: 83

Smith was the St. Louis Cardinals regular catcher from 1956-1960, and was selected a National League All-Star in 1957 and 1959. After starting 42 of the Cardinals' first 48 games he began experiencing chest pain. A heart ailment was diagnosed forcing him to immediately retire as a player. He held various positions within the Cardinals organization and was a coach for the Pittsburg Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and Milwaukee Brewers. He appeared in four games as a player-coach for the Pirates in 1965.

Career Statistics
Connie Marrero
Died: 04/23/2014
Age: 102

The 38 year old Cuban star made his Major League debut in 1950 as a pitcher for the Washington Senators. In 1951 Marrero led his team in wins and innings pitched, going 11-9. On April 26, 1951, he pitched a one-hitter against the Philadelphia Athletics, beating them 2-1. He continued to pitch well and by 1954 he was the oldest player in the major leagues. On January 24, 1955, the 43-year-old Marrero was released by the Senators. He finished his major league career with a 39-40 record and a 3.67 ERA with 51 complete games, including seven shutouts, in his 94 starts. He was selected to the 1951 American League All-Star team, though he didn't play; at age 40, he was the oldest first-time All-Star to that point. At age 102, Marrero was the oldest living former Major League Baseball player at the time of his death

Career Statistics
SABR Biography
Bob Powell
Died: 04/26/14
Age: 80

As an All-American college player at Michigan State, Powell signed with the Chicago White Sox in 1955 and was added to the roster in June. After patiently waiting for his opportunity to play, he finally made his first and only appearance as a pinch runner on Sept 16. His next playing appearance would not come again until the 1957 season. Again, he appeared in just one game as a pinch runner. Frustrated with his lack of playing time, he asked for a release and never appeared in another game. He went on to be a successful civil engineer and participated in the construction of the Naval Academy and the Los Angeles airport.

Career Statistics
SABR Biography
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