Before he died in an automobile crash at age 30, Boeckel was an aggressive if error-prone
third baseman with occasional power. In his final season he hit .298.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»November 10, 1914: In Sacramento, California, Heinie Peitz, 47, one time member of the Baltimore Oriole infield, is killed by an automobile. He is the first major leaguer to die in a car accident. Braves SS Tony Boeckel, will die in a car accident in 1924, the first auto-related fatality of an active major leaguer.
»September 27, 1920:
At the Polo Grounds, the Braves eliminate the 2nd-place Giants in game two by a 3–2 score on Tony Boeckel's homer in the 9th. The Giants win the opener, 2–1. The loss cinches the pennant for Brooklyn.
»February 16, 1924: Boston Braves SS Tony Boeckel, 31, dies of injuries received the day before in an automobile accident. He is the first ML player killed in a motor accident. Heinie Peitz, 19th century infielder with the Baltimore Orioles, died in 1914 when struck by a car.