On August 16, 1948, one of the game’s most charismatic figures passes away. Home run king Babe Ruth succumbs to throat cancer at the age of 53. Three weeks earlier, Ruth had made his last public appearance at the premiere of the movie, “The Babe Ruth Story.” Ruth, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1936, hit 714 career home runs and was part of seven World Series-winning teams.
Joe Niekro, the younger brother of Hall of Fame hurler Phil Niekro, died in Florida from an aneurysm
October 27, 2006
Long-time Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch passes away at 88. Having made his fortune through a pizza chain, Ilitch purchased both the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League in 1982 and the Tigers a decade later. While the Tigers reached the World Series twice during his years as owner but never won the big prize, he is credited with revitalizing the franchise.
February 10, 2017
December 6, 1955