I suppose my "favorite" baseball death that happened long enough ago for us to make light of is Ed Delahanty's getting drunk and walking into Niagara Falls (he was found wearing only socks, shoes and a tie!). High on the list, though, is the earthly demise of Cuban Giants second baseman William Bedford, who on Aug. 26, 1909 ... well, let's let this hasty dispatch in the Sporting Life provide the essential details:
(Image: Agate Type)
If you're going to take leave of this mortal coil too soon, then you might as well go out like a myth.
(Wink of CBS eye: BR Bullpen)