The following is a list of the most famous major league baseball players, and the most famous people in baseball, who died in 2013. You will recognize most of the names on this list, and the ones you don't, you will see why they are included.
The list includes two of the most famous people in baseball history. One was a player who is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, and the other is one of the most famous managers in baseball history, who was known for his fiery temper and great record. Ironically, they died on the same day.
Most famous MLB baseball players and people who died in 2013
- Stan Musial (92 years old)
Stan "The Man" Musial, one of the greatest hitters in baseball history, died on January 19, 2013, at age 92 of natural causes. Stan Musial won seven batting titles, three World Series championships, was a three-time MVP, and he was a 24 time all-star, all with the St. Louis Cardinals.
I heard an interview Tim McCarver gave this year talking about his teammate Stan Musial. McCarver said Stan the Man was one of those people in life that never really had anything bad happen to him. One of those people who live a blessed life.
Once the Cardinals were on a plane flight and the plane started bouncing around real bad and everybody got nervous, but McCarver and his teammates looked over at Stan Musial and realized nothing bad would happen because Stan the Man was on the plane.
- Earl Weaver (82)
Earl Weaver, the longtime Baltimore Orioles manager, also died on January 19, 2013, at the age of 82 from a heart attack while on a Baltimore Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean. Earl Weaver won four pennants and one World Series (1970), while compiling a great 1,480-1,060 (.583) record as a manager. Weaver's teams won 100 or more games five times, and Earl Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Bob Turley (82)
Longtime major league pitcher Bob Turley, who won the Cy Young Award and was World Series MVP for the New York Yankees in 1958, died on March 13, 2013, at age 82 from liver cancer. You can see all the most famous New York sports people who died in 2013 here.
- Virgil Trucks (95)
Famous baseball pitcher Virgil Trucks died on March 23, 2013, at age 95 from pneumonia. In 1952, while pitching for the Detroit Tigers, Virgil Trucks went 5-19 on the season, but two of his five wins were no-hitters. Trucks was on two World Series winning teams in his career, and his lifetime record was 177-135.
- Hiroshi Yamauchi (85)
Hiroshi Yamauchi, the third president of Nintendo, died on September 19, 2013, at age 85 from pneumonia. Hiroshi Yamauchi is famous in baseball because, as the principal owner of Nintendo, he bought the Seattle Mariners in 1992. Yamauchi, who was a billionaire at the time of his death, never once attended a Mariners game.
- Andy Pafko (92)
Long-time major league player Andy Pafko died on October, 8, 2013, at age 92 in a nursing home. Pafko played in the major league for 17 years, and hit .285, with 213 home runs.
- Gates Brown (74)
Major league baseball pinch-hitter extraordinaire Gates Brown died on September 27, 2013, at age 74 from a heart attack. In 1968, when his team, the Detroit Tigers, won the World Series, Gates Brown hit .450 as a pinch-hitter for the season.
Gates Brown, who was always a little heavy, is famous for once pinch-hitting in a game with two hot dogs stuffed into his shirt, and then getting a double and sliding into second with the hot dogs creating a mess on his uniform shirt. The game had to be stopped while the opposing fielders, and even members of his own team, could not stop laughing.
- Rick Camp (59)
Rick Camp was a decent relief pitcher for nine years in the major leagues, who became famous for stealing money from a mental health center after his career was over. Camp, who served three years in federal prison, died on April 25, 2013, at age 59.
- George Scott (69)
Longtime Boston Red Sox first basemen George "Boomer" Scott died on July 28, 2013, at age 69 from likely diabetes complications. Scott led the league in home runs and RBIs in 1975 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Michael Weiner (52)
Executive director of the MLBPA Michael Weiner died on November 21, 2013, at age 52 from a brain tumor.
- Wally Bell (48)
Major league baseball umpire Wally Bell, who worked the 2013 NLDS one week before he passed away, died on October 14, 2013, from a heart attack at age 48. Bell had been an umpire in the major leagues since 1992.