Robert Burns Thurman
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Bob Thurman, who played in the Negro Leagues before making his major league debut, died on Oct. 31, 1998 in Wichita, Kansas. He was 81.
Thurman had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
In five seasons in the majors, he hit .246 with 35 home runs and 106 RBI.
Thurman played for the Homestead Grays from 1946 to 1948 and the Kansas City Monarchs in 1949. In 1949, he signed with the New York Yankees but did not play for the team in the major leagues.
He was 38 years old when he made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds.
He played in the Puerto Rican League for 11 seasons and is a member of the Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame.
Following his retirement from baseball, he worked as a scout.
Source: Associated Press Obituary