On September 3, 2000, former major league player and scout Clyde Sukeforth dies at the age of 98. Sukeforth gained fame for endorsing Brooklyn Dodger president Branch Rickey’s decision to sign Jackie Robinson to a contract in 1945.
Boston Braves third baseman Tony Boeckel becomes the first major leaguer to be killed in an automobile accident when he dies from injuries received as a passenger yesterday in San Diego, CA. Yankee outfielder Bob Meusel, also a passenger of the car driven by Los Angeles theater man Bob Albright, escapes without any serious injuries.
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