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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Larry  Fritz

Born 14 Feb 1949 in East Chicago IN
Died 22 Jul 2010 at Munster Community Hospital in Munster IN
Interred Comcordia Cemetery, Hammond IN.
Debut Date 30 May 1975. Pinch Hitter 1 Year.

After his one-game major league appearance, he went on to lead the Mexican League in hitting in 1976. He served in the Indiana National Guard, Company C 113th Engineer Battalion and worked as a truck driver, driving for Calumet Coach, Bulkmatic Transport and Metro Intermodal Trucking of Lansing, IL. He retired from Metro Intermodal in 2004 because of a disability. He enjoyed coaching his children and others in baseball, basketball, soccer and softball. A devoted Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs fan, he was also an avid collector of antique cars and his "baby" was a 1967 black GTO convertible. Spending his winters in Florida, he loved sitting by the pool and looking at the gulf out of his condominium window in Fort Myers Beach while his friends and neighbors were freezing up north. He died after a long battle with a number of lingering illnesses, diabetes being among them.

Last Updated 27 Jul 2010.

Click here to see Larry Fritz at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Larry Fritz at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee