Leonard George Koenecke was born January 18, 1904 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He began his career playing in various semi pro ball clubs and working as a fireman on the Chicago Illinois Railroad.
But when he arrived in the majors he didn’t play as well as in the minors, in 137 at bats he did hit .255 with 4 HRs 14 RBIs . The next season he was at AA Buffalo where he hit .355 and was sent to the Brooklyn Dodgers organization.
Koenecke was knocked out & soon died from a brain hemorrhage. It is one of the strangest deaths in baseball history. The pilot was charged with manslaughter in Ontario but eventually acquitted.
Koenecke left behind a wife a daughter as well as his mother, father & brother.
At 31 years old he batted.297 lifetime with 22 HRs 114 RBIs & .383 on base %. The Dodgers wore a black arm band on the sleeve of their uniform for the remainder of the season in his honor.