Man who died in crash in Florence County Wednesday was former Major League Baseball player

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One person is dead following a crash in Florence County Wednesday night.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened around 8 p.m. at the intersection of Sam Harrell Road and East McIver Road.

Lance Corporal Matt Southern says the driver was in a Dodge pickup truck traveling on Sam Harrell when the driver disregarded a stop sign, and then hit a tree and was ejected from the vehicle.

Troopers say the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time. That person was the only occupant in the vehicle.

On Thursday, Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken identified the person who died as Leroy Stanton, 72, of Florence. 

Stanton, originally from Latta, was a longtime Major League Baseball player. He played for the New York Mets, California (now Los Angeles) Angels and the Seattle Mariners in the 1970s. 

Stanton appeared in more than 800 career MLB games as an outfielder.

He was part of the Nolan Ryan trade from the Mets to the Angels. Stanton hit 77 home runs in MLB, including 27 in 1977 alone.

Stanton later became the hitting coach for the old Myrtle Beach Blue Jays.

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