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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Joe  Martina

Born 8 Jul 1889 in New Orleans LA
Died 22 Mar 1962 at his home in New Orleans LA
Interred Greenwood Cemetery, New Orleans LA. Location - 31 Jessamine between Magnolia and Hawthorn. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 58.946' - W 90° 06.699'
Debut Date 19 Apr 1924. Pitcher 1 Year.

Known as "Iron Arm", he appeared in 211 games and 1313 innings for the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association during a five year period between 1922 and 1927, with 108 wins and 50 losses. In a 21-year minor league career that lasted from 1910 until 1931 he won 349 games, the second highest career total for minor leaguers, while losing 277, and compiled an ERA of 3.25. He also holds the second highest minor league career strike out record with 2770. Later he worked for the American Brewing Company. Died from a heart attack. Playing ten seasons in the Texas League, he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2005.

Last Updated 11 Jan 2011.

Click here to see Joe Martina at Baseball Almanac

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