Originally Posted by Big Klu
Willard Hershberger killed himself in his hotel room in Boston. Indians SS Ray Chapman is the player who was killed by a beanball in a game.
I was watching the 1975 World Series DVD's that I got for Christmas a couple of years ago, and I remember seeing Bob Montgomery (who was a backup catcher for the Red Sox) pinch-hitting without a helmet. I was amazed that there were still players in the 70's who didn't wear a helmet.
He wore a plate in his cap, lined it IRRC. A ML player died in the early teens from a beaning, (he had been a MLB play IIRC)