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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Gabby  Hartnett

Born 20 Dec 1900 in Woonsocket RI
Died 20 Dec 1972 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge IL
Interred All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines IL. Location - Section 38, Block 48, Lot 6, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 42° 03.612' - W 87° 53.672'
Debut Date 12 Apr 1922. Catcher 20 Years. Manager 3 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1955.

In 1938 he became the first player-manager to win a National League pennant. He owned a bowling alley and sporting goods store in Lincolnwood IL for many years, managed minor league baseball for a few years, and later was a coach for the A's for two years. An excellent golfer and bowler, he bowled in a number of Chicago's major bowling leagues. Died from liver and kidney ailments.

Last Updated 4 Jul 2009.

Click here to see Gabby Hartnett at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Gabby Hartnett at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley