Ever since the Cincinnati Red Stockings became the first professional baseball team in 1869, the game has seen countless numbers of players who have shown their talents on the diamond, either through their ability to hit, field, run or pitch.
While many players went on to enjoy a long career of great achievements, others made their mark by being complementary additions to teams, even though their skill levels were not quite at star level. Still, contributions to the game of baseball itself have been made by scores of players with many different skill sets.
However, also since the creation of professional baseball, there have been a number of shocking incidents that shook the very core of the game. Players who died unexpectedly, greedy players and executives who committed egregious acts that sullied the name of the sport, players who tried to gain an edge by taking illegal substances, and a series of other events that caused shock waves throughout the game.
Here then is Bleacher Report’s look at the 50 most shocking off-field events in MLB history.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.