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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Joe  Cronin

Born 12 Oct 1906 in San Francisco CA
Died 7 Sep 1984 at his home in Osterville MA
Interred St Francis Xavier Cemetery, Centerville MA. Location - Section 6, Row D, Lot 6.
Debut Date 29 Apr 1926. Infielder 20 Years. Manager 15 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1956.

He spent his entire life in baseball as a player, manager and executive and was president of the American League from 1959 to 1973. In 1943 he became the first player to get pinch-hit home runs in both games of a doubleheader. He was the first manager to take two different American League teams to a pennant.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley