Edward Russell Malone
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Eddie Malone, a former Major League catcher, died on June 1, 2006 in Laguna Hills, Calif. He was 85. He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, according to his obituary.
Malone made his major-league debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1949 and played for the team again in 1950. He hit .257 in 241 major-league at-bats with a home run and 26 RBI. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels and the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League.
He is also credited with helping to design Hillerich & Bradsby's Louisville Slugger M110 model baseball bat. The M in the model name stands for Malone. The number indicates he was the 110th player whose last name begins with M to develop his own bat model.
The bat was used by Mickey Mantle and it remains one of the company's most popular models, according to company officials.
His minor league career was put on hold to serve in the Navy during World War II.
Following his career as a player, Malone opened a car dealership.