Obituary: Pedro Gonzalez (1937-2021)

RIP to Pedro Gonzalez, an infielder-outfielder who was the first Dominican-born player in Yankees history. He died on January 10 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, at the age of 83. Cause of death, according to this story, was from complications of diabetes. He had suffered from the disease for several years and at … Continue reading Obituary: Pedro Gonzalez (1937-2021)

Grave Story: Ernie Diehl (1877-1958)

Here lies Ernie Diehl, who played professional baseball as a hobby; he was independently wealthy and didn’t need to play ball, and he reportedly didn’t take a paycheck when he did. Diehl played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1903-04) and Boston Beaneaters/Doves (1906, 1909). Ernest Guy Diehl was born in Cincinnati on October 2, 1877. His … Continue reading Grave Story: Ernie Diehl (1877-1958)

A year’s worth of baseball history: the best of RIP Baseball’s Grave Stories

Given the death count of 2020, writing stories about the gravesites that I've visited has had to take a back seat to keeping up with current obituaries. That's unfortunate, because it's a lot of fun to dig through newspaper archives to glean information about a forgotten outfielder or someone who pitched in a single game. … Continue reading A year’s worth of baseball history: the best of RIP Baseball’s Grave Stories