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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Buddy  Blattner

Born 8 Feb 1920 in St Louis MO
Died 4 Sep 2009 at his home in Chesterfield MO
Interred Memorial Park Cemetery, Jennings MO. Location - Section 16, Lot 936, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 42.743' - W 90° 16.781'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1942. Infielder 5 Years.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. He was the radio voice of the NBA's St. Louis Hawks in the 1950s and a longtime baseball broadcaster, doing national games on ABC in 1953 and 1954, and for CBS from 1955 through 1959. He also did play-by-play for the Browns, Cardinals, Angels and Royals. A world table tennis champion, in 1962 he founded the "Buddy Fund", an organization that supplies athletic equipment to underprivileged children in the St. Louis area. Died after a long struggle with lung cancer.

Last Updated 25 Oct 2010.

Click here to see Buddy Blattner at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Buddy Blattner at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee