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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Earl  Caldwell

Born 9 Apr 1905 in Sparks TX
Died 15 Sep 1981 at Mission Municipal Hospital in Mission TX
Interred Valley Memorial Gardens, McAllen TX. Location - Section G, Lot 81, Grave 2. GPS Coordinates - N 26° 14.454' - W 98° 16.214'
Debut Date 8 Sep 1928. Pitcher 8 Years.

Enjoying a 24-year minor league career, eight of which were in the Texas League, he had a minor league record of 321-277 and an ERA of 3.45. He had five seasons with 20 or more wins. Pitching in the minor leagues until age 49, he also managed one year in the minors. He lived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas since 1929 and in Mission since 1954. In 2007 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 11 Jan 2011.

Click here to see Earl Caldwell at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Earl Caldwell at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee