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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Hank  Borowy

Born 12 May 1916 in Bloomfield NJ
Died 23 Aug 2004 in Brick NJ
Interred Mount Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield NJ. GPS Coordinates - N 40°48.253' - W 74° 11.175'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1942. Pitcher 10 Years.

He was one of only two pitchers to win ten or more games for two different teams in the same year, and the only pitcher to have gotten four decisions in the same World Series since 1917. He owned a very successful real estate and insurance business in Bloomfield for 30 years before retiring to Point Pleasant NJ.

Last Updated 18 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Hank Borowy at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Hank Borowy at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Fred Worth, Professor, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia AR