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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Al  LaMacchia

Born 22 Jul 1921 in St Louis MO
Died 15 Sep 2010 at his home in San Antonio TX
Interred Holy Cross Cemetery, San Antonio TX. Location - Mausoleum, Patio 5, Tier A, Crypt 112. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 36.159' - W 98° 20.328'
Debut Date 27 Sep 1943. Pitcher 3 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. He had a 14-year minor league career, during which he had 159-117 record, including a nine-inning game of 1 hour and 7 minutes in 1942, the fastest game in Texas League history. After a brief minor league managing effort he went on to a long career as a talent scout, working for the Phillies, Braves, Devil Rays, Blue Jays and Dodgers. In 2000 he was presented the Texas Scouts Association Hall of Fame Award and in 2001 he was named Midwest Scout of the Year by the Scout of the Year Foundation. He was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation in 2008 and the Jackie Moore Lifetime Achievement Award from the Round Rock Express in 2009. Died ten days after suffering a stroke.

Last Updated 1 Oct 2012.

Click here to see Al LaMacchia at Baseball Almanac

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