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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Bobby  Bragan

Born 30 Oct 1917 in Birmingham AL
Died 21 Jan 2010 at his home in Fort Worth TX
Interred Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth TX. Location - Live Oak Garden, Lot 1818, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 45.736' - W 97° 22.229'
Debut Date 16 Apr 1940. Infielder 7 Years. Manager 7 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. He became president of the Texas League in 1969 and in 1975 was elected president of the National Association of Professional Baseball, the minor leagues' governing body. In the 1970s and 1980s he worked as the Texas Rangers' community director of public relations for the team's speakers bureau. He remained a special assistant to the club for the last 20 years of his life. He became a goodwill ambassador for the city of Fort Worth and minor league baseball. In 1991 he formed the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation that annually awards first-year college tuition scholarships to local eighth-graders as a way to encourage them to continue their education. Over the years he gave hundreds of motivational speeches to churches, schools, civic groups and many other organizations on behalf of his foundation and love of baseball. Often he would sing and play the piano during his speaking engagements. In 2004, Bobby and his wife, Betty, were awarded with an honorary doctorate of humanities by Texas Wesleyan University due to their significant contributions to furthering education, to the university, and to the city of Fort Worth. In 2005, at age 87, he earned the distinction as the oldest manager of a profesional baseball team when he led his former minor league team, the Fort Worth Cats, for a single game. Bobby didn't disappoint. True to form, he was his usual fiesty self, getting thrown out of the game in the third inning for arguing with an umpire. He was inducted into the Fort Worth Sports Hall of Fame and in 1980, into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 , and into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame in 2010.

Last Updated 2 Jan 2012.

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