While the year 2021 seemed to be one of the worst years of all time for professional athletes succumbing to illness, it appears that 2022 has gotten off to just as bad of a start, and may even surpass 2021 as the worst year for professional athlete deaths.
Some of the most recent sad news comes from Major League Baseball’s own, the New York Yankees. It was announced back on March 16th that former Yankees right handed pitcher and 1962 World Series MVP Ralph Terry passed away. Aside from thr Bronx Bombers, Terry also had stints with the Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians, and finished his career back in New York with the Mets.
He was a member of the Yankees pitching rotation on five consecutive league champions from 1960 to 1964, enjoying his best season in 1962 when he was named to his only All-Star team, going on to lead the American League with 23 victories. In the 1962 World Series he was named the Most Valuable Player after posting wins in two of the last three games, including a 1–0 shutout in the decisive game seven.