“RIP”: Baseball World Mourns Tragic Death of Former Major Leaguer, Virginia Native at 79

Published 10/05/2023, 8:05 AM EDT

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In a solemn moment that touches hearts, the MLB world bid farewell to a legendary figure. Walking through the corridors of baseball history, this seasoned personality’s legacy transcends the diamond. A native of Virginia, this former Major Leaguer’s journey through life and sport has inspired players, fans, and enthusiasts unfathomably. Such is the power of the man who believed “Baseball is baseball”.

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This legend saw the transition of the Seattle Pilots to the Milwaukee Brewers and was a pioneering member of the inaugural team. Whether it is his expertise or his years of experience, his name in the chronicles of baseball history is indelible. As an outfielder in Major League Baseball during his 13-season-long career, his reputation stood out as the Seattle Pilot. Who would have thought the man who had stints with four teams during his major league tenure would transition to a high school role?

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On October 4, 2023, Wayne Comer breathed his last in his hometown of Shenandoah – North Virginia at 79. A loved high school coach, international player and family man, Comer’s absence is gravely felt by the lives he touched. He was undoubtedly a lovely soul, in addition to that he earned uncompromisable respect over time. His achievements during his career serve as proof. 

While he played the 1968 World Series for the Detroit Tigers in his youth, he compiled a commendable 1.000 batting average in the postseason with a pinch-hit. A couple of years later, when the Pilots relocated to Milwaukee and changed their name to the Brewers, as they are known today, Comer was on the team as the founding member of the Milwaukee Brewers.  But his tenure with the group was brief.

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Toward the closing of his MLB saga, he was traded to the Senators, who had originally signed him. Soon he retired from baseball but remained connected to the sport till he took his last breath.

As his age advanced, he went on to serve as the head baseball coach at Spotswood and Page County High School, where he completed a 16-year-coaching tenure. Earlier this year, in his last season coaching, Wayne Comer fought back tears and said, “I’ve had a good run. I get emotional. I’ve been doing it for so long. I love all these guys and love the game of baseball. I’ve had it in my blood since I was a youngster“.

With that, one knows Comer will live forever in everyone’s memory. Especially for Page County High School. PCHS released a statement acknowledging his unmatched contribution and the amazing soul that he was. It said, “Page County High School Athletics is mourning the loss of our baseball coach, Mr. Wayne Comer”. He will forever be remembered.   

The World of MLB Comes Together Mourning The Wayne Comer’s Departure

Fans recognize the emotional connection Comer had with baseball. Truly honoring that, messages and tweets flowed in. Fans poured in their condolences and wished strength for his family.  

Commemorating his contribution to Tigers in WS 1968, one fan tweeted. 

RIP” said one tweet and brought out an adorable picture of a young Wayne.

Some fans could not contain their words of respect for the legendary soul. One called him a “Wonderful man

Highlighting his victory again, a fan went on a praise spiral.

Some fans were disheartened by the team alongside Comer himself. The tweet emoted, “Another ‘68 Tiger is gone”

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Comer was married to Joyce Nauman in January 1963. They shared three sons. Along with them, Comer leaves behind 10 grandchildren and two sisters.

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Kanishka Prakash

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Kanishka Prakash is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She comes from an engineering college background and possesses prior experience in the business sector. Her affection for sports burgeoned during her adolescence, with MLB particularly captivating her attention.
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Deepanshi Bajaj

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