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DragonKing Dark: The tragic death of pro baseball player Ray Chapman

Karl Stern's 100 darkest moments in pop culture series resumes.
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The only Major League Baseball player to be killed during a game was Ray Chapman and it happened in 1920. 

The story is tragic, even beyond what was likely an accident. "Likely" because, well, the player who threw the pitch had a reputation for hitting batters, on purpose. And after hitting Chapman with the fatal pitch, he did himself no favors by continuing to be a pretty unlikable fellow. 

And that's not all.

Chapman's wife was pregnant at the time and neither she, nor her child, make it out of this story alive. 

Truly one of the saddest sports deaths ever finds its home in one of our 100 darkest moments in pop culture history series.

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