Posted by: Bob Gorman | July 6, 2015

Player Fatalities: An Historical Overview

Hundreds of players in the United States at all levels of play have died since 1862 while engaged in the National Pastime.  The numerical breakdown by cause is as follows (not including health-related causes):

Beanings288 (includes one in a major league game and 11 in minor league games)

Other pitched ball fatalities109 (includes one in a minor league game)

Thrown ball fatalities127 (includes one in a minor league game)

Bat fatalities83

Batted ball fatalities189 (includes one in a minor league game)

Collision fatalities101 (includes four in minor league games)

Weather-related fatalities80 (includes one in a minor league game)

Fatalities due to field conditions87

Violence-related fatalities48

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