Overfield: Tragedies and shortened careers

From SABR member John Thorn at Our Game on October 13, 2015, with mention of longtime SABR member Joseph Overfield:

My dear departed friend Joe Overfield wrote this wonderful essay for the first edition of Total Baseball, published in 1989. Of course we have had tragedies since–early deaths, shattered dreams–but I will not step in to update for Cory Lidle, Nick Adenhart, or Oscar Taveras. (A complete list of players who died mid-career may be viewed here: https://goo.gl/uFLbRC.)

The article is learned, with a light hand, and comprehensive, though today’s reader might make some allowance for its vintage–no talk of PEDs here, no rehash of those sitting in limbo waiting for the call from the Hall of Fame that may never come. These are baseball’s tearful tales, may of such ancient vintage as to have been forgotten; bring on the weeps.

Read the full article here: http://ourgame.mlblogs.com/2015/10/13/tragedies-and-shortened-careers/

Originally published: October 13, 2015. Last Updated: October 13, 2015.