Forgotten Players Who Died Before Their Time

Louis Requena / MLB

Louis Requena / MLB

Ken Hubbs (22)

February 15, 1964

The first rookie to ever win a Gold Glove Award, Ken Hubbs was the Cubs second baseman anchoring their star infield that included future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Ron Santo. An all-around athlete growing up, Hubbs seemed fearless, but he did have a petrifying fear of flying. In a bold move, he conquered his fear of flying by obtaining his pilot’s license.

With only 71 hours of flight experience, Hubbs attempted to beat out a storm one winter night. Traveling from Provo, Utah, to his hometown of Colton, California, Hubbs was battling low visibility and lost control of his plane, crashing into Bird Island on Utah Lake.

Hubbs, a devout Mormon, was well regarded by his Cubs teammates. He led an exemplary lifestyle, all the while being a great glove at second and a decent, improving bat for the Cubs lineup.

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