It would be nice if there were some answers, if nothing else for going forward. Prior to joining the Mississippi Today team, her work appeared in the New Haven Independent. A log of in-custody deaths kept by the agency denotes 14 of those deaths as “natural.” The remaining two, Willie Hollinghead and a man named Nija Bonhomme who died at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility three weeks later, are listed as homicides. Phillies catcher Johnny Oates making a tag in 1976. “If there’s not, let’s move on.”, Mickey Morandini, the Phillies’ first-base coach, who played in the 1993 World Series with the team, said that, like others, he wondered about any possible correlation. Beyond that, nobody really knows if there is a connection. They spoke Thursday as the Phillies played their first home game since Daulton died. But he did not name the drugs. Tug McGraw after clinching the Phillies’ 1980 World Series championship by striking out Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals. The report confirms that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and that it is a serious public health problem. “Procedurally, the MDOC refers homicide cases to the respective district attorney’s offices and leaves any discussions about defendants, charges or related matters to those prosecutors,” wrote Fisher, spokesperson for MDOC. Brett, Quisenberry and Howser spent part of their careers in Kansas City, where the baseball park at that time, like Veterans Stadium, had artificial turf. The Philadelphia Inquirer did an analysis. “Can I tell you definitely there is no relationship between baseball and brain tumor formation? His family is still making calls to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, trying to find out what led to Willie Hollinghead’s last moments on the prison floor. Dr. Cory M. Franklin, a Chicago internist who has written about the cancer cases in baseball, said Major League Baseball and the players’ union should enlist epidemiologists and statisticians to examine whether the malignancies were workplace related. He is not privy to any MDOC investigations into individual deaths, he added. To republish online, simply click the button, copy the html code and paste into your Content Management System (CMS). But, if the cancers ever proved to be anything more than coincidence, he said, “I don’t know if I’d rather know or not.”, The Brain Cancer That Keeps Killing Baseball Players. MDOC maintained that many of the deaths were from illnesses and “natural” causes, and that the number of deaths was “not out of line” with prior months. Doc Willie cited that “pulmonary” means lungs while “edema” means water. Max Gail was born on April 5, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Maxwell Trowbridge Gail. She covered criminal justice issues across the state from June 2018 until May 2020. He is an actor and director, known for 42 (2013), Barney Miller (1975) and General Hospital (1963). Morandini, a teammate of Daulton’s in the 1990s, is among former Phillies who have expressed concern about the number of their baseball contemporaries who have died of brain cancer. Please Note: The material on this website is provided for informational purposes only. In 2013, when Daulton learned he had glioblastoma, The Philadelphia Inquirer did an analysis of 533 players who wore a Phillies uniform during the 33 seasons the team played at Veterans Stadium. By the end of 2018, 77 people had died in MDOC custody that year, mostly from natural causes, the agency reported. “Corrections takes a lot of criticism, and I get that,” Kinkade said. Still, Daulton’s death from glioblastoma has renewed speculation about the possibility of baseball-related causes like concussions, chewing tobacco and pesticides. I recommend that you contact the state in regards to any findings regarding the investigation.”, Cliff Johnson of the MacArthur Justice Center in Mississippi, which has litigated prison conditions before, said, “I think a big part of the story is that when people die in jail, we don’t know any more a year later than we did when those people died.”, Johnson said that too often the government and the public’s shared attitude is dismissive: “Who really cares? “I don’t want to open it.”, Analysis of state records and hundreds of pages of court documents, along with interviews with more than 30 prison employees, reveal a dangerous environment for everyone behind bars. All deaths are investigated to determine whether foul play is involved. Most of the time, upon rigorous examination, no cause can be identified and the cases are considered random. Other former Phillies who also reportedly died of glioblastoma since 2003 were reliever Tug McGraw at age 59, infielder John Vukovich at 59 and catcher Johnny Oates at 58. One year later, no charges have been filed against anyone for Willie Hollinghead’s death, according to Greene County Circuit Clerk Cecelia Bounds. Professor Rebbeck, the Harvard epidemiologist, was then at the University of Pennsylvania, and he assisted in the study. She visits often, as does Nicole’s now-teenage son. The brain cancers of Daulton, McGraw, Vukovich and Oates appeared to represent an occurrence that was about three times the rate of the general male population, the analysis concluded. The bruise, she figured, must have surfaced after Willie hit the floor. “The MDOC has no additional information regarding Commissioner Hall’s request to the FBI in 2018 in investigating inmate deaths,” wrote MDOC spokesperson Grace Fisher in an email in response to questions about the case. Her cause of death was an aneurysm caused by ingestion of methamphetamine, her father said. Visibly, the comedian was gasping for breath at the event before he passed out. Employees at the Leakesville prison found Hollinghead, who was serving time for a sale of cocaine conviction, lying unconscious late in the night that August. He married Nan Harris in 1989. His No. Here is a list of celebrities included in Part #1 below!A. That same type of cancer is reported to have claimed the lives of other notable major league players, as well as a manager, from the same era: the Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter at 57, outfielder Bobby Murcer at 62, reliever Dan Quisenberry at 45 and manager Dick Howser at 51. Death records in this time period include the individual's age, occupation, place of birth and cause of death. by Michelle Liu, Mississippi Today December 4, 2019. No one had opened the box since Willie died, Nix Hollinghead said, as she smoothed out folded sheets of paper, revealing graded worksheets from a correspondence course. PHILADELPHIA — Since Darren Daulton succumbed to brain cancer on Aug. 6, heartfelt tributes have honored the way he led a raucous Phillies team to the World Series in 1993. “Nicole’s death destroyed everybody,” Medders said. In particular, they wonder if there is any association with Veterans Stadium, which was built on marshland and was demolished in 2004. “Let’s look into this and see if there is anything” connecting baseball and cancer, she said. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under a Creative Commons license.