Baseball Players Who Committed Suicide

Nearly every decade since 1880, a minimum of two active or retired Major League ballplayers have committed suicide. Though the numbers have decreased in recent history, there still have been several recorded instances where players took their lives. The not so legendary list below is an analysis of known instances where Major League players have taken their lives.

"This isn't a psychiatric ward. Nobody's going to commit suicide. Nobody's beating their wives. It's not as drastic as people make it out to be." - Detroit Tigers (37-105 record at the time) Outfielder Dmitri Young (2003 Post Game Press Conference)
Major League Baseball Players Who Committed Suicide

Baseball Suicides Appear in Chronological Order

Player Name (Age)

Date

Method of Suicide

Notes

04-12-1889

Drug Overdose

Morphine was ingested

07-24-1889

Drug Overdose

Papers wrote "Morphine or Opium"

11-19-1891

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

09-16-1894

Razor

Slit his own throat inside a Brooklyn Asylum

02-28-1894

Gun

Gunshot wound / Shot his girlfriend first

Ed Crane (34)

09-20-1896

Poison

Ingested a liquid poison

01-19-1900

Razor

Slit throat / Killed his own wife & two kids first

04-30-1901
Jumped
Lept from train window on way to Middletown State Asylum

01-12-1903

Gas

Inhaled gas / Left warning note on evils of women & gambling

01-31-1904

Poison

Ingested carbolic acid

01-10-1907

Poison

Ingested carbolic acid / known mental problems

03-28-1907

Poison

Ingested carbolic acid

09-14-1908

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

12-19-1908

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

12-13-1910

Gun

Gunshot wound in heart / Brother killed self earlier same year

01-18-1911

Razor

Slit his own wrists

01-11-1914

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-13-1914

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

03-28-1916

Gun

Gunshot wound / A cop who used his gun on a street corner

05-15-1918

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

11-30-1920

Poison

Ingested Strychnine

07-16-1921

Drowned

Jumped off a ship into the Atlantic Ocean

01-27-1927

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

04-26-1927

Drowned

No additional details in obituary

08-05-1929

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

07-16-1930

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

04-29-1931

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound to head on 04-28

09-11-1931

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

12-08-1932

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

03-21-1934

Hunting Knife

Slit own throat / Operation to repair pitching arm failed

06-09-1934

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

08-14-1934

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-14-1935

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

04-15-1937

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

11-01-1937

Gas

Carbon Monoxide / Sent down to minors at end of season

08-03-1940

Knife

Slit own throat / Suffered from depression

08-14-1940

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound into his own throat

08-08-1941

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

10-29-1941

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

02-16-1942
Hanging
Hanged self in home

08-05-1942

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-21-1943

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

01-11-1945

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-19-1945

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

10-16-1945

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

11-18-1945

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

05-06-1947

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-15-1947

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

07-18-1948

Hanging

Hanged self in home

11-04-1948

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound / Inside a police station

10-25-1949

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

05-19-1950

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound / Shot & killed wife first

09-03-1950

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

07-03-1951

Gun

Self-inflicted shotgun blast to neck

09-14-1951

Razor

Slit wrists

01-09-1954

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

09-01-1955

Gun

Self-inflicted shotgun blast

11-01-1956

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

11-08-1957

Gun

Self-inflicted shotgun blast

01-20-1960

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

11-24-1961

Knife

Cut his femoral artery

06-04-1961

Hanging

Hanged self in home

01-10-1962

Poison

Ingested Battery Acid

03-29-1962

Jumped

From fourth floor window at Brooklyn Eye and Ear Hospital

06-28-1962

Razor

Slit wrists

09-16-1963

Hanging

Hanged self in home

09-26-1964

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

08-15-1965

Gas

Carbon Monoxide

11-02-1966

Razor

Slit throat

10-02-1967
Hanging
Hanged self in home

10-19-1967

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

11-26-1969

Gas

Carbon Monoxide

10-08-1971

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-09-1972

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

06-12-1980

Hanging

Hanged self in jail / Arrested for a rape

05-02-1989

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

04-06-1989

Hanging

Hanged self in home

07-18-1989

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound / Shot wife first

05-31-1990

Gun

Self-inflicted gunshot wound

12-22-2004
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound

02-16-2007

Gun

Hit wife, strangled dog, shot son, self-inflicted gunshot wound

01-16-2009

Gun

Died in Italy / Suffered from a "strong depression"

10-05-2009
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound
08-07-2010
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound
07-27-2011
Hanging
Hanged self in home
08-24-2011
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound
12-22-2012
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound
01-13-2013
Drug Overdose
Prescribed Pain Killers
05-15-2016
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound / Shot & killed wife first

07-18-2017

Hanging

Hanged self in home

Player Name (Age)

Date

Method of Suicide

Notes

Major League Baseball Players Who have Committed Suicide



The baseball suicide chart is, sadly enough, not complete. Some print sources have mentioned at least another four names of ballplayers who likely killed themselves, but as their obituary did not support the claim we chose not to include them. If you find research / evidence about a player not on this page please email us.
The Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball (Second Edition) by Jonathan Fraser Light has an entire section about baseball suicides. About twenty players on the chart above are listed in detail and two baseball related stories about suicides:

Good Planning . In 1938 a Cincinnati woman left a suicide note providing for the distribution of her All-Star Game tickets that she had not yet received.

Nagging Wife . An Atlanta cab driver shot himself to death after his wife told him to turn off the television and go to work. He did, just missing Henry Aaron's 715th home run.

Did you know that a number of baseball notables have also committed suicide? Included: Harry Pulliam , National League President from 1903 to 1909, who shot himself through the eye on July 28, 1909, and, Ron Luciano , 11-Year American League umpire / author, who committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning.
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