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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Harry  Heilmann

Born 3 Aug 1894 in San Francisco CA
Died 9 Jul 1951 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit MI
Interred Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield MI. Location - Section 16, Lot 324, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 42° 28.942' - W 83° 18.142'
Debut Date 16 May 1914. Outfielder 17 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1952.

In 1929 he was released on waivers after hitting .344 and spending 15 years with the Tigers. In 1930, with his move from the American League to the National League, he became the first player to homer in every major league park in use during his career. He sold insurance for a short while before becoming the radio, and later television, announcer for the Tigers for 18 years. Died from lung cancer.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Harry Heilmann at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Harry Heilmann at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley