2007 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world.

Years in baseball
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2007 in sports

  • American football
  • Aquatic sports
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  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Canadian football
  • Chess
  • Climbing
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  • Cricket
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  • Cycling
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  • Esports
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice sports
  • Modern pentathlon
  • Motorsport
  • Racquetball
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Rugby league‎
  • Rugby union
  • Snooker
  • Squash
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Weightlifting


Major League Baseball

  • Regular Season Champions
League Eastern Division Champion Central Division Champion Western Division Champion Wild Card Qualifier
American League Boston Red Sox Cleveland Indians Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim New York Yankees
National League Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs Arizona Diamondbacks Colorado Rockies

Click on any series score to link to that series' page.
Higher seed had home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The American League champion has home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the All-Star Game.

Other champions

1 – The appearance by the Huskies of Rouen, France in the final marks the first time since 1976 that a team from outside the professional leagues of the Netherlands or Italy has finished in the top two.

Awards and honors

Gold Glove first baseman Kevin Youkilis

* Francoeur and Rowand finished tied in the voting

Major league baseball final standings

Denotes the club that won the wild card for its respective league. The Rockies defeated the Padres 9–8 (13) in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card.

The 90 wins by the Diamondbacks and Rockies were the fewest to lead the NL since 1959, with the exception of the strike-shortened seasons of 1981, 1994 and 1995. No NL team won or lost 95 games for the first time since 1983.

Also, this was the second consecutive season in which no team won at least 60% of its games, the first time that this has happened in Major League Baseball history.



  • January 9 – As the result of questions regarding his involvement in the ongoing steroids investigations, Mark McGwire falls well short in his first effort to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn, meanwhile, are elected easily.
  • January 11 – The New York Daily News reports that Barry Bonds tests positive for amphetamines at some point during the 2006 season and that Bonds initially cites a supplement he receives from San Francisco Giants teammate Mark Sweeney as a possible reason for the positive test. Testing rules established in 2006 require that first positive tests must remain confidential.
  • February 4 – The Israel Baseball League announces the official teams of the inaugural season: Bet Shemesh Blue Sox, Modi'in Miracle, Netanya Tigers, Petach Tikva Pioneers, Ra'anana Express, Tel Aviv Lightning. Dropped from the league are the Haifa Stingrays and Jerusalem Lions.
  • March 31 – The St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Cleveland Indians 5–1 in the inaugural Civil Rights Game, held at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee.







  • September 1 – In his second major league start, Red Sox rookie Clay Buchholz pitches a 10–0 no-hitter over the Orioles at Fenway Park, becoming the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first or second career start since 1900. Bobo Holloman (first, 1953) and Wilson Álvarez (second, 1991) are the others.
  • September 3
    • Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners records his 200th hit of the season, a home run off the Yankees' Roger Clemens. It is the seventh consecutive season he has reached this mark, tying him with Wade Boggs for the modern major league record.
    • Mets pitcher Pedro Martínez records his 3000th career strikeout in his first appearance in nearly a year. Aaron Harang, the opposing pitcher for the Reds, is the victim as the Mets win 10–4 in Cincinnati.
  • September 5 – Barry Bonds hits his 762nd and final career home run, an opposite-field shot off Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez.
  • September 6 – Rick Ankiel's stunning one-month return to baseball as a hitter is mired by controversy when the New York Daily News reports that he purchased 12 months' worth of HGH from a Florida pharmacy from January to December 2004. A few days later, Jay Gibbons of the Orioles is reported to also have received HGH from the same pharmacy. Ankiel did not deny using HGH prior to MLB's official banning of the substance in 2005, stating he used it during that time under the care of a licensed physician.
  • September 7 – Curtis Granderson of the Tigers hits his 20th home run of the season, becoming the sixth player in major league history, and the first since 1979, to join the 20–20–20 club, indicating 20 doubles, 20 triples, and 20 home runs in the same season. He ends the season with 38 doubles, 23 triples, and 23 home runs.
  • September 8 – The 50th and 51st home runs of the season by Alex Rodriguez are his 48th and 49th as a third baseman. The first breaks his own AL record for the position, while the second breaks the major league record for the position which had stood since 1980 (Mike Schmidt, tied by Adrián Beltré in 2004). Rodriguez's 50th home run also makes him the first player in major league history to collect 50 home runs, 130 runs scored, 130 RBI and 20 stolen bases in a single season (the previous closest player was Larry Walker in 1997, who fell one home run short with 49 HR, 143 runs, 130 RBI and 33 steals).
  • September 9:
  • September 16:
    • Jim Thome of the White Sox, playing in his 2,000th game, becomes the 23rd player in major league history to reach the 500 home run milestone when he hits a walk-off home run off Dustin Moseley of the Angels to win the game 9–7, making 2007 the first season in history in which three players have hit their 500th homer in the same season. It is also the first time that the 500-homer mark has been reached with a walk-off shot.
    • David Wright of the Mets hits his 30th home run of the season to go with 31 stolen bases, becoming only the fifth player in major league history to become a member of the 30–30 club before the age of 25, in a 10–6 loss to the Phillies.
    • Todd Jones of the Tigers becomes the 21st pitcher in major league history to record 300 saves.
    • Todd Helton hits his 300th career home run.
  • September 17 – Frank Thomas of the Blue Jays hits three home runs in a 6–1 win over the Red Sox, tying him for 18th all-time with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with 512. Two of the homers are hit off Tim Wakefield, who gave up all three shots in Thomas' only previous three-homer game in 1996.
  • September 18 – Moisés Alou of the Mets, age 41, hits in his 22nd consecutive game, a modern era record for a player over 40.
  • September 19 – Andy Pettitte becomes the 110th pitcher to earn 200 major league victories in the Yankees' 2–1 win over the Orioles.
  • September 21
    • Barry Bonds announces that his tenure (1993–2007) with the San Francisco Giants has ended, after the team indicates it will not sign him for 2008.
    • Moisés Alou extends his hitting streak to 25 games, breaking the Mets single-season record shared by Mike Piazza and Hubie Brooks. In the same game, the Marlins commit a franchise-high six errors in a 9–6 loss. Eight of the nine runs were unearned as a result of the errors, two of them by Miguel Cabrera. Two days later, Alou surpasses David Wright's overall club mark of 26 games, which spanned two seasons. The streak ends at 30 games on the 26th, a new major league record for a player over 40.
  • September 22 – The Boston Red Sox become the first major league team to earn a playoff spot with an 8–6 defeat of the Devil Rays.
  • September 23
  • September 25
    • Jimmy Rollins joins David Wright as the second member of 2007's 30–30 club when he leads off the bottom of the first inning with his 30th home run of the season off Braves pitcher Chuck James.
    • Shawn Green gets his 2,000th hit when he singles up the middle off of Nationals pitcher Jason Bergmann.
    • Prince Fielder becomes, at age 23, the youngest player ever to hit 50 home runs after connecting twice in the Brewers' 9–1 victory over the Cardinals. He also becomes part of the first father-son duo to hit 50 home runs in one season, his father Cecil having hit 51 in 1990.
  • September 26
    • Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits his 32nd home run of the season in the first inning against the Brewers, giving him 100 RBI and making him the first player in major league history to have at least a .300 batting average with 30 homers and 100 RBI in his first seven seasons.
    • Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips homers in the first inning off Juan Gutiérrez of the Astros, making him only the second player at his position to collect 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Alfonso Soriano has accomplished the feat three times at the same position. Phillips joins David Wright and Jimmy Rollins as the third member of 2007's 30–30 club.
    • Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell collects five RBI in an 11–6 Boston victory over the Athletics, raising his total to 116 and setting a new team record for most RBI in a season by a third baseman; Butch Hobson collected 112 RBI in 1977.
    • The New York Yankees secure their 13th consecutive postseason berth with a 12–4 rout of the Devil Rays.
    • Barry Bonds goes 0-for-3 in his final game with the Giants, an 11–3 loss to the visiting Padres.
  • September 27 – Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard strikes out for the 196th and 197th times of the season, surpassing Adam Dunn's single-season record of 195 strikeouts in 2004. He ends the season with a new record of 199 strikeouts.
  • September 28
    • Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies collects his 705th–709th at bats of the season, breaking Willie Wilson's 1980 single-season record of 705; he ends the season with 716 at bats.
    • The Chicago Cubs clinch the National League Central title with a 6–0 blanking of the Reds.
    • The Boston Red Sox clinch their first American League East title since 1995 and break the Yankees' streak of nine straight division crowns when they defeat the Twins 5–2 and the Bronx Bombers drop a 10–9 decision to the Orioles in 10 innings.
    • In just their tenth year of play, the Arizona Diamondbacks secure a playoff spot for the fourth time in franchise history.
  • September 29
    • The Arizona Diamondbacks clinch their fourth National League West title even before taking the field against the Colorado Rockies, when San Diego loses to Milwaukee 4–3.
    • In his second-to-last major league game, Craig Biggio plays at his original position of catcher for the first two innings, playing behind the plate for the first time in 16 years after spending his first four seasons there.
  • September 30
    • The New York Mets lose to the Florida Marlins 8–1, completing one of the worst collapses in major league history by squandering a 7-game lead with 17 games remaining in the NL East race, and finish the season one game behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who defeat the Nationals 6–1 to clinch the division title for the first time since 1993.
    • Jimmy Rollins collects his 20th triple of the season, making him the seventh member of the 20–20–20 club and the second new member this year along with Curtis Granderson; this also marks the first time in major league history that two batters record 20–20–20 seasons during the same year. He also becomes the fourth member of the 20–20–20–20 club, as well as the first player in major league history to collect at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season; this also marks the first time that two players record 20–20–20–20 seasons during the same year (Granderson met the mark earlier in September 2007), and the second time that a batter had a 30–30 season and a 20–20–20–20 season during the same year (Willie Mays accomplished the feat in 1957). Rollins ends the season with 38 doubles, 20 triples, 30 home runs, and 41 stolen bases.
    • Bruce Froemming receives a standing ovation from his Milwaukee hometown crowd prior to working his last regular-season game after a record 37 full seasons as a major league umpire; his final game overall takes place on October 8 in the Indians–Yankees AL Division Series. In the game, the San Diego Padres fail to clinch the NL wild card spot by losing 11–6 to the Milwaukee Brewers. He also extends his record (April 20) for oldest umpire ever in a regular-season game to 68 years, 2 days.


  • October 1 – The Colorado Rockies defeat the San Diego Padres 9–8 in 13 innings in the 2007 NL Wild Card tie-breaker to secure the last of the eight MLB playoff spots, completing a run in which they won 14 of their last 15 games, tying the best 15-game finish in major league history. Despite an error in the game, the Rockies also set a major league record for team fielding percentage (.9893), breaking the 2006 Boston Red Sox mark of .9891.
  • October 2 – Dmitri Young of the Washington Nationals is named the NL Comeback Player of the Year. Carlos Peña of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays is named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.
  • October 18 – After the New York Yankees offer him only a one-year contract at a base salary one-third less than what he earned in 2007, Joe Torre leaves after 12 seasons as manager.
  • October 22 – Tony La Russa agrees to a new two-year deal to stay on as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • October 24 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame announces that it will honor Buck O'Neil by establishing a lifetime achievement award in his name. O'Neil, a Negro league first baseman and manager who died in October 2006, will be honored with a statue to be dedicated at the next Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, N.Y. After leaving the Negro leagues, O'Neil became the first African American coach in the majors by joining the Cubs staff in 1962, and was later an influential figure in the promotion of baseball and study of Negro leagues history. He was nominated to a special Hall ballot for Negro league players, managers, and executives in 2006, but didn't receive the necessary number of votes to gain admission into the Hall.
  • October 28
  • October 30 – The Yankees sign Joe Girardi to a three-year deal as their new manager. In the meantime, amid rumors that Torre will be hired as the team's new manager, Grady Little resigns as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


  • November 1 – The Chunichi Dragons win the 2007 Japan Series over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4–1, losing the first game and sweeping the next four. The Dragons' Norihiro Nakamura is the series MVP. This was a rematch of the 2006 series, won by the Fighters in the same fashion. Game five was a combined perfect game, with starter Daisuke Yamai throwing eight innings, and Hitoki Iwase closing out the ninth. Nippon Professional Baseball does not officially recognize no-hit or perfect games thrown by multiple pitchers.
  • November 6:
    • Greg Maddux wins his 17th Gold Glove Award, breaking a record he had previously shared with Jim Kaat and Brooks Robinson.
    • By a vote of 25–5, major league general managers endorse the use of instant replay for the first time, with the condition that its scope be limited to determining where a potential home run ball left the park or the possibility of fan interference on a home run.
  • November 8:
    • General managers decide to mandate head protection for first- and third-base coaches during games, starting in 2008. This was prompted by the death on July 22 of minor-league first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh of the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, who was hit in the neck by a foul line drive, killing him on impact.
    • The Tampa Bay Devil Rays officially drop the "Devil" from their name, becoming the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to the name change, they also change their colors from green and black to navy blue, Columbia blue, and gold, and design new uniforms that will be worn starting in 2008.
  • November 9 – Italy handed the U.S. team their only loss in Team USA's route to win the 2007 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan. It was the U.S.'s first loss to Italy in 21 years and the first time it ever lost to Italy with professional players, as the team consisted of Major League Baseball players and top minor league prospects.
  • November 12:
    • Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers edges Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies in the closest balloting since 1980 (128–126) for the NL Rookie of the Year Award. Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox is a clear choice in the AL.
    • The New York Yankees re-sign catcher Jorge Posada for $52.4 million over four years. This makes Posada the highest-paid catcher in MLB history, edging out Mike Piazza's $13 million average from 1999 to 2005.
  • November 15 – San Diego Padres pitcher Jake Peavy wins the NL Cy Young Award by unanimous vote.
  • November 16:
    • Barry Bonds is indicted on charges of perjury and obstructing justice.
    • Alex Rodriguez agrees to an outline of a deal with the New York Yankees (10 years, $275 million, with extra money if he breaks the career home run record with the Yankees. In total the deal could reach $300 million.)
  • November 26 – The Lotte Giants hire Jerry Royster as their new manager. Royster, a former major league player and longtime minor league manager, is the first foreigner ever hired to manage a team in the Korea Baseball Organization. Another Lotte-owned team, the Chiba Lotte Marines, of Nippon Pro Baseball, had had their best run ever thanks to an American manager, Bobby Valentine.





  • January 1 – Ernie Koy, 97, well-traveled outfielder who played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1938 to 1939 before joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1940–41), Cincinnati Reds (1941–42) and Philadelphia Phillies (1942), compiling a .279/.332/.427 line and 36 home runs in 558 games, including a homer in his first major league at-bat, whose career finished when entered military service during World War II.
  • January 4 – Bob Milliken, 80, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1953 and 1954 seasons; later a longtime St. Louis Cardinals coach and instructor.
  • January 9 – Ben Callahan, 49, pitcher who worked in four games for the 1983 Oakland Athletics.
  • January 16 – Betty Trezza, 81, infielder who batted a historic 14th inning, RBI-single to give the Racine Belles the 1946 AAGPBL championship title.
  • January 19 – Bill "Lefty" Lefebvre, 91, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators in a span of four seasons from 1943 to 1944; later a longtime Red Sox scout.
  • January 20 – Vern Ruhle, 55, pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and California Angels during thirteen seasons from 1974 to 1986, posting notable starts for Houston in the 1980–1981 playoffs; became a reliable pitching coach for four National League teams over nine seasons between 1997 and 2006; pitching coach of Cincinnati Reds at the time of his death.
  • January 23 – Dick Joyce, 63, pitcher for the 1965 Kansas City Athletics.
  • January 25 – Jack Lang, 85, sportswriter for New York area newspapers from 1946 to 1989, and also longtime BBWAA official who was responsible for notifying Hall of Famers of their election from 1966 to 1988.
  • January 27 – Bing Devine, 90, general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals (1957–1964; 1968–1978) who built St. Louis' NL pennant winners of 1964 and 1967–1968, and as president of the New York Mets (1966–1967) helped construct 1969 "Miracle Mets".
  • January 29 – Art Fowler, 84, pitcher for the Cincinnati Redlegs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels over nine seasons spanning 1954–1964, before becoming a pitching coach for five teams under manager Billy Martin in fourteen seasons from 1969 to 1988.
  • January 30 – Max Lanier, 91, two-time All-Star pitcher who won 45 games and posted a very solid 2.47 earned run average from 1942 to 1944 for the St. Louis Cardinals, leading the National League in ERA in 1943, while winning three consecutive NL pennants and two World Series rings in 1942 and 1944, including the final game of the 1944 Classic;[4] one of the most prominent American players to "jump" his MLB contract (and its reserve clause) to play in outlaw Mexican League in 1946, for which he was suspended from Organized Baseball for over three years; father of Hal Lanier.


  • February 1 – Ray Berres, 99, catcher for four NL teams from 1934 to 1945, later a White Sox pitching coach for nearly two decades.
  • February 4 – Steve Barber, 68, All-Star pitcher for the Orioles who in 1963 became the first 20-game winner in modern Baltimore history.
  • February 4 – Jim Pisoni, 77, outfielder, the last player to debut in a St. Louis Browns uniform, who also played for the Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves and New York Yankees.
  • February 6 – Lew Burdette, 80, All-Star pitcher for the Braves who was MVP of the 1957 World Series, led NL with 21 wins in 1959; also pitched for Yankees, Cardinals, Cubs and Angels.
  • February 7 – Josephine Lenard, 85, All-Star outfielder who played ten seasons in the AAGPBL
  • February 9 – Hank Bauer, 84, three-time All-Star right fielder for the New York Yankees, being a member of seven World Series champion teams between 1949 and 1966, who later managed the Baltimore Orioles to the 1966 World Series title.
  • February 15 – Terry Enyart, 56, pitcher who appeared in two games for the 1974 Montreal Expos.
  • February 15 – Buddy Hancken, 92, catcher for the 1940 Philadelphia Athletics; later a minor league manager and MLB scout, coach and executive.
  • February 18 – Danny Reynolds, 87, infielder for the 1945 Chicago White Sox.
  • February 20 – Bob Malloy, 88, pitcher who played for the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Browns in a span of five seasons between 1943 and 1949, one of many ballplayers whose career was interrupted during World War conflict.
  • February 20 – Casey Wise, 74, infielder who played for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Braves and Detroit Tigers over four seasons from 1957 to 1960.
  • February 21 – Sherman Jones, nicknamed "Roadblock", 72, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets in three seasons from 1960 to 1962, who also appeared in the 1961 World Series with Cincinnati and later served as a Kansas legislator for twelve years.


  • March 2 – Clem Labine, 80, two-time All-Star relief pitcher who played from 1950 through 1962, winning three World Series rings with the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers, and the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as National League pennants with Brooklyn in 1953 and in 1956, ending his career with the 1962 expansion New York Mets.[5]
  • March 3 – Gene Oliver, 71, catcher and first baseman for five teams in the 1960s who hit 21 home runs for the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.
  • March 7 – Emil Mailho, 97, outfielder for the 1936 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • March 8 – John Vukovich, 59, third baseman for three teams, mainly for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1970 to 1981, coaching later for them during 17 seasons.
  • March 10 – Art Lopatka, 87, pitcher who played with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945 and for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946.
  • March 10 – Bobby Sturgeon, 87, middle infielder for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Braves in part of six seasons spanning 1940–1948, one of many big leaguers whose career was interrupted during World War II.
  • March 12 – Norm Larker, 76, All-Star first baseman for Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–1961), runner-up to Dick Groat in 1960 NL batting race, and member of the original (1962) Houston Colt .45s squad.
  • March 15 – Bowie Kuhn, 80, Commissioner of Baseball from 1969 to 1984 whose tenure saw strong increases in attendance, the arrival of free agency, and the sport's first labor strikes.
  • March 15 – Marty Martínez, 65, utility infielder for six teams from 1962 to 1972; became a coach and scout for the Mariners.
  • March 22 – Don Dennis, 65, relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1965 to 1966, who was named St. Louis rookie of the year in 1965.
  • March 22 – Willard Schmidt, 78, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals (1952–1957) and Cincinnati Reds (1958–1959).
  • March 23 – Ed Bailey, 75, six-time All-Star and power hitting catcher, whose 14-year career include a nine-year stint with the Cincinnati Reds from 1953 to 1961, who, like other catchers of his generation, was overshadowed by Yogi Berra and Roy Campanella.[6]
  • March 31 – Patricia Barringer, 82, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player and manager.


  • April 1 – Herb Carneal, 83, broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins since their second season in 1962, who previously called games in Philadelphia both for the Athletics and Phillies, and later for the Baltimore Orioles.
  • April 1 – Lou Limmer, 82, first baseman who hit the last home run for the Philadelphia Athletics and had the last hit in their final game in Philadelphia.
  • April 6 – Ed Bahr, 87, Canadian pitcher who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 to 1947.
  • April 10 – Dick Kryhoski, 82, first baseman for four American League teams in six seasons 1949 to 1955, as well one of few players to play for the St. Louis Browns in its 1953 final season and for the Baltimore Orioles in their 1954 inaugural campaign.[7]
  • April 15 – Chip Marshall, 87, catcher for the 1941 St. Louis Cardinals.
  • April 16 – Jean Marlowe, 77, pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between the 1948 and 1954 seasons.
  • April 23 – Otis Davis, 87, utility man for the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • April 23 – David Halberstam, 73, Pulitzer-winning author and historian, who wrote three non-fiction books on baseball: Summer of '49, October, 1964 and The Teammates.
  • April 23 – Sammy Meeks, 84, backup infielder who played for the Washington Senators and Cincinnati Reds over four seasons from 1948 to 1951.
  • April 27 – Ralph McLeod, 90, outfielder for the 1938 Boston Bees.
  • April 28 – Archie Wilson, 83, 1951 International League MVP, who later played from 1951 to 1952 for the New York Yankees, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox.
  • April 29 – Milt Bocek, 94, outfielder for the 1933 and 1934 Chicago White Sox.
  • April 29 – Josh Hancock, 29, relief pitcher who played from 2002 through 2007 for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, being also a member of the 2006 World Series Champion Cardinals team.


  • May 13 – Gomer Hodge, 63, infielder for the 1971 Cleveland Indians, who later coached in Minor League Baseball and managed in the Mexican Pacific League.
  • May 17 – Bill Wight, 85, pitcher for eight teams between 1946 and 1958, who won 15 games for the 1949 Chicago White Sox.
  • May 25 – Elaine Roth, 78, AAGPBL pitcher and outfielder.
  • May 28 – Phyllis Koehn, 84, AAGPBL pitcher.


  • June 4 – Clete Boyer, 70, Gold Glove third baseman who played for the Kansas City Athletics, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves over fifteen seasons spanning 1955–1971, winning five consecutive American League pennants with the Yankees from 1960 to 1964, and a Gold Glove Award with the Braves in 1969.
  • June 15 – Larry Whiteside, 69, pioneering African American journalist known for his coverage of baseball for newspapers in Milwaukee and Boston.
  • June 23 – Rod Beck, 38, three-time All-Star relief pitcher who played from 1991 through 2001 for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres, winning the 1994 NL Rolaids Relief Man Award with the Giants, while setting franchise season records with 24 consecutive saves and 48 overall in its 1993 season.


  • July 7 – Miguel Sotelo, 74, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and manager who spent more than 25 years in professional baseball, pitching no-hitters in the Arizona–Mexico League and the Mexican League, compiling an overall pitching record of 287–221 in eleven seasons and later managing during 27 seasons, while guiding the Broncos de Reynosa to their only Mexican League championship in the 1969 campaign, defeating the Sultanes de Monterrey.
  • July 11 – Shag Crawford, 90, umpire for 3,082 National League games between 1956 and 1975, who also worked in three World Series, two NL Championship Series, and three All-Star Games, and was the father of NL umpire Jerry Crawford.
  • July 16 – Carl McNabb, 90, who played briefly for the Detroit Tigers in 1945.
  • July 18 – Orlando McFarlane, 69, catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers and California Angels over five seasons spanning 1962–1968.
  • July 19 – Jim Mangan, 77, catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers in its 1946 season.
  • July 22 – Rollie Stiles, 100, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns in three seasons from 1930 to 1933, the last living person to have pitched to Babe Ruth, and also the oldest living former MLB player at the time of his death.
  • July 22 – Mike Coolbaugh, 35, third baseman (and brother of Scott Coolbaugh) for the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and 2002; as a coach in the minor leagues, he died when a line drive struck him in the neck as he was standing in the first-base coach's box; professional baseball mandated that base coaches wear helmets as a result.
  • July 29 – Bill Robinson, 64, outfielder who played 1966 through 1983 for the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, collecting three World Series rings as a player for the 1979 Pirates, and later as a coach for both the 1986 New York Mets and 2003 Florida Marlins.


  • August 1 – Pete Naktenis, 93, pitcher who played with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1936 and for the Cincinnati Reds between in 1939.
  • August 3 – Lee Griffeth, 82, pitcher for the 1946 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • August 4 – Frank Mancuso, 89, catcher who played with the St. Louis Browns in three seasons from 1944 to 1946 and for the Washington Senators in 1947; member of Browns' 1944 American League championship team; later, served on the Houston City Council from 1963 to 1993; brother of Gus Mancuso.
  • August 5 – Al Salerno, 76, American League umpire from 1961 to 1968 who worked 1,110 league games and the 1964 Major League Baseball All-Star Game;[8] abruptly fired on September 16, 1968, he and colleague Bill Valentine filed suit alleging they were singled out for attempts to form an umpires' union for their league.
  • August 7 – Hank Morgenweck, 78, American League umpire from 1972 to 1975 who also worked second base in Game 1 of the 1970 NLCS as a strike replacement.[9]
  • August 7 – Mary Rountree, 85, top-notch catcher who played from 1946 through 1952 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • August 13 – Ox Miller, 92, pitcher who hurled in 24 total games for the Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns and Chicago Cubs over four seasons between 1943 and 1947.
  • August 14 – Phil Rizzuto, 89, Hall of Fame shortstop who won thirteen American League pennants and seven World Series during his thirteen-season career with the New York Yankees, earning 1950 American League MVP Award honors and three MLB All-Star Game selections, and later broadcasting Yankees games on radio and television during four decades.[10]
  • August 15 – Sam Pollock, 81, legendary Canadian hockey executive of the 1960s and 1970s (Montreal Canadiens) who later was chairman and CEO of MLB's Toronto Blue Jays between 1995 and 2000.
  • August 17 – Chico García, 82, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman who played for the 1954 Baltimore Orioles, while winning batting titles in the Arizona–Texas League in 1963 and the Mexican League in 1963, before managing in the ML from 1965 to 1976.
  • August 17 – Dee Sanders, 86, pitcher for 1945 for the St. Louis Browns in its 1945 season.
  • August 20 – Wild Bill Hagy, 68, popular fan noted for leading cheers at Baltimore Orioles games in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • August 23 – Bobby Herrera, 81, Mexican pitcher who played in 1951 for the St. Louis Browns.
  • August 26 – Chuck Comiskey, 81, vice president of the Chicago White Sox in the 1950s, as well as the last member of the Comiskey dynasty to be involved in the club's operation.
  • August 29 – Margie Lang, 83, infielder and pitcher who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • August 30 – Hal Jeffcoat, 82, outfielder and pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Redlegs/Reds and St. Louis Cardinals during twelve seasons from 1948 to 1959.


  • September 1 – Mel Roberts, 64, first-base coach of the 1992–1995 Philadelphia Phillies, including 1993 NL champions; minor league outfielder, coach and manager who spent 46 years in pro ball.
  • September 6 – Al Kozar, 86, second baseman who played for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox over a three-year career from 1950 to 1952.
  • September 12 – Lou Kretlow, 86, pitcher who played from 1946 through 1956 with the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Athletics.
  • September 20 – John Sullivan, 86, shortstop who played for the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns over six seasons spanning 1942–1949.
  • September 22 – Bill Harman, 88, pitcher and catcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies in its 1941 season.


  • October 3 – Bunky Stewart, 76, pitcher for the Washington Senators over five seasons from 1952 to 1956.
  • October 4 – Don Nottebart, 71, pitcher whose major league career included stints with five different clubs between 1960 and 1969, who pitched the first no-hitter in Houston Colt .45s/Astros history on May 17, 1963, though he has the dubious distinction of yielding the first grand slam of the 1961 season, and delivering Willie Mays' 500th home run in 1965.
  • October 6 – Nancy DeShone, 75, outfielder who played for the South Bend Blue Sox of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1948.
  • October 14 – Fred Bruckbauer, 69, pitcher for the 1969 Minnesota Twins.
  • October 14 – Owen Friend, 80, middle infielder and third baseman for the St. Louis Browns, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs in a span of five seasons from 1955 to 1956.
  • October 17 – Billy Berroa, 79, Spanish-language broadcaster for the New York Mets, who began announcing major league games in 1963.
  • October 17 – Mickey Rutner, 86, third baseman for the 1947 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • October 23 – Don Nicholas, 76, shortstop for the Chicago White Sox in the 1952 and 1954 seasons.


  • November   9 – Lorraine Fisher, 79, AAGPBL pitcher for the Rockford Peaches and Grand Rapids Chicks.
  • November 13 – Kazuhisa Inao, 70, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher for the Nishitetsu Lions, who won the Pacific League MVP Award in 1957 and 1958 and posted a 42–14 record in 1961.
  • November 15 – Joe Nuxhall, 79, two-time All-Star pitcher who became the youngest man ever to play in the major leagues – a mark he still holds, when he debuted as a 15-year-old with the Cincinnati Reds on June 10, 1944, while pitching for Cincinnati nine more seasons from 1952 to 1960, and remaining in the Reds organization on a second career as a member of the broadcast team, as he called the Reds games including those with which they won the World Series in the 1975, 1976 and 1990, ending his baseball career in 2004, over 60 years after his professional pitching debut.[11]
  • November 22 – Ken Wood, 83, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators during six seasons from 1948 to 1953.
  • November 23 – Joe Kennedy, 28, pitcher for five teams since 2001, most recently with the Blue Jays; posted a 9–7 mark with a 3.66 ERA for the 2004 Rockies.
  • November 23 – Al Yates, 62, backup outfielder for the 1971 Milwaukee Brewers.
  • November 27 – Clancy Smyres, 85, pinch hitter in five appearances with the Brooklyn Dodgers in its 1944 season.
  • November 28 – Bob Marquis, 83, backup outfielder who played for the 1953 Cincinnati Redlegs.


  • December 14 – Cuddles Marshall, 82, pitcher for the New York Yankees and St. Louis Browns between 1946 and 1950, who was the Yankees pitcher to start the first night game at Yankee Stadium on May 28, 1946.
  • December 17 – Don Chevrier, 68, Canadian television broadcaster for the Toronto Blue Jays during 20 years, who also spanned The World of Sports variety show for CBC Sports for more than 30 years.
  • December 20 – Tommy Byrne, 87, All-Star pitcher for four American League teams who earned 72 of his 85 major league victories with the New York Yankees, including three 15-win seasons for pennant winners, earning two World Series with New York in 1949 and 1956.
  • December 21 – Jack Lamabe, 71, pitcher from 1962 to 1968 for seven major league teams, mainly with the Boston Red Sox.
  • December 25 – Jim Beauchamp, 68, outfielder and first baseman for seven major league teams from 1963 to 1974, who later managed in the minor league manager from 1975 to 1990 and coached in the major leagues from 1991 to 1998.
  • December 26 – Jim Castiglia, 89, catcher for the 1942 Philadelphia Athletics, later a running back for several NFL teams, including the Eagles, Redskins and Colts.

See also

  • 2007 Nippon Professional Baseball season
  • 2007 Chinese Professional Baseball League season


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  2. "Retrosheet Boxscore: New York Yankees 16, Chicago White Sox 3". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  3. "Retrosheet Boxscore: New York Yankees 23, Philadelphia Athletics 2 (1)". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. Max Lanier. Article written by Gregory H. Wolf. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 24, 2019.
  5. Clem Labine. Article written by Alfonso Tusa. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 23, 2019.
  6. Ed Bailey. Article written by Warren Corbett. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 23, 2019.
  7. Dick Kryhoski 1950s Game-Worn Browns/Orioles Road Jersey. Huggins & Scott Auctions. Retrieved on June 24, 2019.
  8. Al Salerno. Umpiring career record Retrosheet. Retrieved on June 24, 2019.
  9. Hank Morgenweck Umpiring career record Retrosheet. Retrieved on June 24, 2019.
  10. Phil Rizzuto. Article written by Lawrence Baldassaro. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 24, 2019.
  11. Joe Nuxhall. Article written by Ryan Borgemenke. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on June 24, 2019.
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