Goodwin had just pitched his way back to the majors in 1925 when he died in an
plane crash on an Air Reserve training flight. Goodwin was one of the spitballers
permitted to openly continue using the pitch after 1919.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 21, 1925: Marv Goodwin, 34, former righthander for the Cards who joined the Reds at the end of the season, is killed in a plane he was piloting. He is the first active player to die from injuries sustained in an airplane crash. Goodwin was one of the original spitballer who was "grandfathered."