Joe Blake, pitching coach for Simpson College, died in a car accident in May near his home in Indianola, Iowa. He is the father of Casey Blake, a former major league player during 1999 and 2011, playing for the Indians, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Twins and Orioles. Joe’s son, Ben, played one season of minor league ball in the Indians organization in 1992 and is currently the head coach at Simpson College.
Joe was an 8th round pick of the New York Yankees in 1971 and pitched in the minors for four seasons.
Read more about Joe Blake at the link below from the Des Moines Register: