The Baseball Encyclopedia provides statistical data on thousands of professional baseball players. Apart from stating batting averages and field positions etcetera, it gives information on height and weight. If a players dies during his professional career this is also mentioned. In a study conducted by Thomas Samaras it was found that tall players live 1,2 years less for every extra inch of height above average. A similar study by Dennis D. Miller, of basketball players of 200 cm and taller, found they only averaged around 50 years of age when deceased.