BASEBALL PLAYERS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE

Major League Baseball Suicides

Nearly every decade since 1880, a minimum of two active or retired Major League Baseball players 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, as researched by Baseball Almanac .

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"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

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
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
10-03-2020
Gun
Self-inflicted gunshot wound
MLB Players Who have Committed Suicide | Research by Baseball Almanac
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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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