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In Memoriam

Players and personnel of the Kansas City Royals who live on in our memories
(Front office and other personnel will be added in the future)

Managers

Joe Gordon (Died: April 14, 1978) Dick Howser (Died: June 17, 1987) Bob Lemon (Died: January 11, 2000) Charlie Metro (Died: March 18, 2011)

Coaches

Steve Boros (Died: December 29, 2010) Dan Carnevale (Died: December 29, 2005) Pat Dobson (Died: November 22, 2006) Owen Friend (Died: October 14, 2007) Mel Harder (Died: October 20, 2002) Chuck Hiller (Died: October 20, 2004) Charley Lau (Died: March 18, 1984) Bob Lemon (Died: January 11, 2000) Gene Mauch (Died: August 8, 2005) Mitchell Page (Died: March 12, 2011) Joe Schultz (Died: January 10, 1996) George Strickland (Died: February 21, 2010)  Jo Jo White (Died: October 9, 1986)

Players

Ted Abernathy (Died: December 16, 2004) Jerry Adair (Died: May 31, 1987) Ken Brett (Died: November 18, 2003) Nelson Briles (Died: February 13, 2005) Lance Clemons (Died: January 22, 2008) Al Cowens (Died: March 11, 2002) Todd Cruz (Died: September 2, 2008) Bruce Dal Canton (Died: October 7, 2008)  Moe Drabowsky (Died: June 10, 2006) Joe Foy (Died: October 12, 1989) Joe Hoerner (Died: October 4, 1996) Pat Kelly (Died: October 2, 2005) Harmon Killebrew (Died: May 17, 2011) Ed Kirkpatrick (Died: November 15, 2010) Jose Lima (Died: May 23, 2010) Aurelio Lopez (Died: September 22, 1992) (Royals photo needed) Terry Mathews (Died: February 24, 2012) Jerry May (Died: June 30, 1996) Steve Mingori (Died: July 10, 2008) Aurelio Monteagudo (Died: November 10, 1990) Don O'Riley (Died: May 2, 1997) Vada Pinson (Died: October 21, 1995) Darrell Porter (Died: August 5, 2002) Dan Quisenberry (Died: September 30,1998) Juan Rios (Died: August 28, 1995) Ken Robinson (Died: February 28, 1999) Ed Rodriguez (Died: March 6, 2009) Tony Solaita (Died: February 10, 1990) Bill Sorrell (Died: July 22, 2008) Bob "Hawk" Taylor (Died: June 9, 2012) Frank Wills (Died: May 11, 2012) Chris Zachary (Died: April 19, 2003)

Broadcasters

Buddy Blattner (Died: September 4, 2009) Gene Osborn (Died: November 27, 1975)

Also: Paul Splittorff

 

Player deaths in chronological order:

1. Jerry Adair (1969-70) – May 31, 1987 – 50 years old – liver cancer
2. Joe Foy (1969) – October 12, 1989 – 46 years old – heart attack
3. Tony Solaita (1974-76) – February 10, 1990 – 43 years old – murdered in a land dispute
4. Aurelio Monteagudo (1970) – November 10, 1990 – 46 years old – car accident
5. Aurelio Lopez (1974) – September 22, 1992 – 44 years old – car accident
6. Juan Rios (1969) – August 28, 1995 – 53 years old – ?
7. Vada Pinson (1974-75) – October 21, 1995 – 59 years old – stroke
8. Jerry May (1971-73) – June 30, 1996 – 52 years old – farming accident
9. Joe Hoerner (1973-74) – October 4, 1996 – 59 years old – farming accident
10. Don O’Riley (1969-70) – May 2, 1997 – 52 years old – fatally shot while working in a convenience store in KC
11. Dan Quisenberry (1979-88) – September 30, 1998 – 45 years old – brain cancer
12. Kenny Robinson (1996) – February 28, 1999 – 29 years old – car accident
13. Al Cowens (1974-79) – March 11, 2002 – 50 years old – heart attack
14. Darrell Porter (1977-80) – August 5, 2002 – 50 years old – toxic effects of cocaine
15. Chris Zachary (1969) – April 19, 2003 – 59 years old – bone cancer
16. Ken Brett (1980-81) – November 18, 2003 – 55 years old – brain cancer
17. Ted Abernathy (1970-72) – December 16, 2004 – 71 years old – alzheimers
18. Nelson Briles (1974-75) – February 13, 2005 – 61 years old – heart attack
19. Pat Kelly (1969-70) – October 2, 2005 – 61 years old – heart attack
20. Moe Drabowsky (1969-70) – June 10, 2006 – 70 years old – cancer
21. Lance Clemons (1971) – January 22, 2008 – 60 years old – cancer
22. Steve Mingori (1973-79) – July 10, 2008 – 64 years old – natural causes
23. Bill Sorrell (1970) – July 22, 2008 – 67 years old – ?
24. Todd Cruz (1979) – September 2, 2008 – 52 years old – heart attack
25. Bruce Dal Canton (1971-75) – October 7, 2008 – 66 years old – esophageal cancer
26. Eduardo Rodriguez (1979) - March 6, 2009 - 57 years old - heart attack
27. Jose Lima (2003, 2005) - May 23, 2010 - 37 years old - heart attack
28. Ed Kirkpatrick (1969-73) - November 15, 2010 - 66 years old - throat cancer
29. Harmon Killebrew (1975) - May 17, 2011 - 74 years old - esophageal cancer
30. Paul Splittorff (1970-84) - May 25, 2011 - 64 years old - oral cancer and melanoma
31. Terry Mathews (1999) - February 24, 2012 - 47 years old - heart attack
32. Frank Wills (1983-84) - May 11, 2012 - 53 years old - ?
33. Bob "Hawk" Taylor (1969-70) - June 9, 2012 - 73 years old - ?

 

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