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.

Bill Lee


Charlie  Gehringer

Born 11 May 1903 in Fowlerville MI
Died 21 Jan 1993 at a nursing home in Bloomfield Hills MI
Interred Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield MI. Location - Section 118W, Mausoleum, Crypt D4. GPS Coordinates - N 42° 28.555' - W 83° 18.127'
Debut Date 22 Sep 1924. Infielder 19 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1949.

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. In 1937, at age 34, he was the oldest player to win his first batting title. Never making a great deal of money playing baseball, he became wealthy through an automobile accessories business. Later he was general manager and vice-president of the Tigers. Died a month after suffering a stroke. At the time of his death he was the oldest living member of baseball's Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 14 Jun 2009.

Click here to see Charlie Gehringer at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Charlie Gehringer at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley