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Raymond Johnson Chapman Grave Raymond Johnson Chapman (January 15, 1891 August 17, 1920) was an American baseball player, spending his entire career as a shortstop for Cleveland. He is the second of only two Major League Baseball players to have died as a result of an injury received in a game. Chapman was hit in the head by a pitch thrown by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays. His death led Major League Baseball to establish a rule requiring umpires to replace the ball whenever it became dirty. His death was partially the reason MLB banned the spitball after the season.
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Added: 31st October 2009
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Posted By: Cliffy
Posted by: Classico on 2009-10-31 
I remember when Carl Mays's obit was published in NY many years later. On his death bed he swore he never meant to injure Chapman.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-10-31 
Cliffy: I'm assuming you are considering Doc Powers (died 1909) as the first MLB fatality.

Some sources would agree with you as Powers hurt himself crashing into a wall in an April 22, 1909 game and suffered internal injuries. However, some sources claim post-surgery peritonitis as the casuse of Powers' death.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2009-10-31 
I did, it says:
He is the second of only two Major League Baseball players to have died as a result of an injury received in a game. Either way for Powell, if Powers didn't get injured he wouldn't have been operated on in the first place.
Posted by: Cliffy on 2009-11-01 
Ray Chapman was the only player ever killed by a pitch in the Major Leagues.
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