and this 1984 topps card of pat tabler1983 major leaguer deaths points to indians' hall of famer earl averill.
averill passed away on august 16, 1983. a quick look at getty images shows no armband on august 4, but armbands are present in photos from september. so, i'll conclude that the memorial is indeed for averill. he spent 11 years with cleveland, playing in the first six all-star games and garnering mvp votes in 7 seasons. averill is still the franchise's all-time leader in such categories as total bases, triples, rbi, and runs scored. he was voted to the hall of fame by the veteran's committee in 1975.