3 Ex-MLB’ers Die: Card’s Greatest Pitcher, LAD WS Hero, And A Murder-Suicide


Lou Johnson hits solo home run to give Dodgers lead in 1965 World Series, Game 7

Heroes of 1964, ’65, ’67, World Series die | Ex-Dodger murder/suicide | 

Dodgers’ Lou Johnson, World Series hero, dies 

Oct 3, 2020 

Fox News – Lou Johnson, a former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder who played a critical role for the team in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, died Thursday night at his home. He was 86.

The Dodgers announced that Johnson was in bad health and had recently celebrated a birthday.

Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a statement:

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“Lou Johnson was such a positive inspiration at Dodger Stadium with our employees and our fans as well as throughout the community in the appearances he made on behalf of the organization,” 

“Dodger fans will always remember his important home run in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series, when he was clapping his hands running around the bases.”

His home run in the 1965 World Series helped the Dodgers defeat the Minnesota Twins … Watch: 1965 WS Gm7: Lou Johnson homers to give Dodgers lead

Legendary pitcher Bob Gibson, 84, dies after battle with pancreatic cancer

Oct 3, 2020

Fox News – Bob Gibson, a Hall of Fame pitcher who played his entire career with the St. Louis Cardinals died Friday. He was 84.

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Gibson died after a battle with pancreatic cancer while under hospice care in Omaha, Neb., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jim Edmonds, a former Cardinals outfielder, had kind words to say about Gibson on the Fox Sports Midwest broadcast.

“Gibby was just full of life and just so amazing to be around. It’s a tough pill to swallow right now,” Edmonds said.

Gibson’s legendary career included a National League MVP, two National League Cy Young awards, two World Series MVPs, nine All-Star selections and nine Gold Glove awards.

He is considered to be the greatest pitcher in Cardinals’ franchise history. He finished his career with a 251-174 record, a 2.91 ERA and 3,117 strikeouts. He had five 20-win seasons and stared 36 games in a single season twice in his career. In 1969, he recorded 28 complete games … Read more. 

Ex-Dodgers pitcher  found dead after sought in woman’s shooting death

Oct 3, 2020 

Fox News – The body of Charles Haeger, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, was found Saturday afternoon as he was being sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, authorities said Saturday.

Haeger had suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound and his body was found along the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, Scottsdale police said, according to The Associated Press.

Haeger, 37, was wanted on suspicion of murder and aggravated assault in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend. The woman was identified by family as 34-year-old Danielle Long, according to FOX 10 Phoenix.

The Arizona Republic later identified the woman as Danielle Breed, and said she was the owner of the Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale.

Previously, Scottsdale police said Haeger’s unoccupied vehicle was found near Flagstaff in Northern Arizona. Flagstaff is 118 miles north of Scottsdale.

Investigators had determined that a male roommate of the victim heard gunshots when he returned to the residence Friday and that moments later Haeger emerged from the victim’s bedroom with a handgun, Scottsdale police Sgt. Ben Hoster said. The victim was found dead in her bedroom.

“Haeger then pointed the handgun at the roommate. The roommate quickly escaped … ” Read more. 

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