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


Lefty  Grove

Born 6 Mar 1900 in Lonaconing MD
Died 22 May 1975 at his son's home in Norwalk OH
Interred Frostburg Memorial Park, Frostburg MD. Location - Section 9, Lot 94. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 38.858' - W 78° 55.218'
Debut Date 14 Apr 1925. Pitcher 17 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1947.

Counting his minor league record, he had 411 wins against 190 loses, the best pitching record in organized baseball. In 1939 he won his ninth, and last, ERA crown, a major league record. He also led the American League in strikeouts seven straight years. Pitching five years for the minor league Baltimore Orioles, he had a record of 108-36 with over 1100 strikeouts and an ERA of 2.90. He operated bowling alleys for his brother in Lonaconing and spent much of his time fishing. Died from a heart attack. In 2008 he was inducted posthumously into the International League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 1 Jul 2009.

Click here to see Lefty Grove at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Lefty Grove at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley