Tragic turn: Edmondson was killed 50 years ago today in a traffic accident, cutting short what appeared to be a promising pitching career. (Topps)
Tragedy struck the White Sox as promising young pitcher Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend were killed in an accident on US-101 near Santa Barbara, Calif. On a rain-slicked highway, Edmondson’s car skidded into oncoming traffic and was struck by another vehicle. In his major league debut in Anaheim on June 20, 1969, Edmondson fired a complete game two-hitter, beating California 9 – 1. It would be his only major league win.