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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Ernie  Lombardi

Born 6 Apr 1908 in Oakland CA
Died 26 Sep 1977 at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz CA
Interred Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland CA. Location - Outside Garden Mausoleum II, Crypt 342, Tier 5. GPS Coordinates - N 37° 50.000' - W 122° 14.573'
Debut Date 15 Apr 1931. Catcher 17 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1986.

In 1938 he grounded into a National League record 30 double plays. For six years he was in charge of the press box at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, seeing that writers from all areas felt at home. Died from heart failure. In 2003 he was inducted posthumously into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 26 Jun 2009.

Click here to see Ernie Lombardi at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ernie Lombardi at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley