As a Major League Baseball player (Chicago White Sox 1949-1950; also played for the Los Angeles Angels and the Pacific Coast League), Malone designed the Louisville Slugger M110 model baseball bat. That wasn't in itself all that remarkable: while the "M" stands for "Malone", the "110" means he's the 110th player whose name starts with M that designed a bat for the company. The important thing is, his is an excellent design: it's one of the most popular bat designs used by professional baseball players today, according to a spokesman from Hillerich and Bradsby, which makes the Sluggers. Malone died June 1 from respiratory problems. He was 85.
(from Randy Cassingham)