Bill Lee presents The Baseball Necrology - Live

My wife, LaVonne, and I spent a number of years researching the information that went into The Baseball Necrology, a book that was published by McFarland and Company, Publishers, in 2004. The intent of that research was to find what baseball players, whose playing careers are relatively short, did after their baseball careers. In most cases that information can only be found in obituaries. Consequently, our research became a “death” thing and was compounded when McFarland put the word “Necrology” into the title of the book. Thus, our research became a short abstract of obituaries (necrologies) for every player who had appeared in a major league game since 1876.

Since the book was published in 2004 baseball players have continued to die. From that time until the end of 2013 I continued to maintain current player’s deaths on this website that contains all the material in the book plus player’s deaths since the book was published. This website also contains photos of gravesite memorials for more than 2,000 players. An index to those player’s records that have gravesite photos may be found at baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

Sadly, the baseball necrology project came to a halt at the end of 2013 as more pressing projects, which had been put on the back burner, needed attention. So, with rare exception, short obituaries of every baseball player that ever appeared in a major league game since 1876 and had died prior to 2014 appears on this site. Just enter a player’s name, point, click and enjoy.

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Ralph  Houk

Born 9 Aug 1919 in Lawrence KS
Died 21 Jul 2010 at his home in Winter Haven FL
Interred Rolling Hills Cemetery, Winter Haven FL.
Debut Date 26 Apr 1947. Catcher 8 Years. Manager 20 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II, seeing action in the invasion of Nornandy and battles like Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star and Purple Heart. Taking over the position of Yankee manager from the revered Casey Stengel in 1961, he led the team to pennants in his first three years, one of only two managers to do so, and two World Championships in his first two years. He went on to serve a total of 20 years as field manager for three teams and later worked in the Minnesota front office before retiring for good in 1989. Prior to his death he was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and had earned distinction as the oldest living manager of a World Series-winning team.

Last Updated 20 Oct 2010.

Click here to see Ralph Houk at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ralph Houk at Baseball-Reference.com