On September 9, 1928, New York Yankees pitcher Urban Shocker dies from pneumonia in Denver, CO at the age of 38. Shocker had struggled with his health throughout the 1928 season because he had suffered from an enlarged heart and was unable to sleep lying down for two years.

Shocker, who never had a losing season, was 18-6 in 1927 but appeared in only one game in 1928.