It goes without saying that the recent and unexpected death of Tommy Hanson has stunned the baseball community. The idea of these great athletes being mortal can come as a shocking reminder of how limited our time can be.
Obviously, Tommy Hanson is not the first baseball player, let alone athlete, to die prematurely. The first players to come to mind are usually Roberto Clemente or Thurman Munson. There have been many more who have perished before their baseball careers were close to ending. This is not a complete list. This list points out players that many casual fans may have forgotten or did not even know passed away.