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.

Bill Lee


Schoolboy  Rowe

Born 11 Jan 1910 in Waco TX
Died 8 Jan 1961 at his home in El Dorado AR
Interred Arlington Memorial Cemetery, El Dorado AR. Location - Section D, Lot 213. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 13.139' - W 92° 39.043'
Debut Date 15 Apr 1933. Pitcher 15 Years.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. He got his name when he was in high school, pitching against a local semi-pro team in Texas. The next day a newspaper reported, "Schoolboy beats local nine." From that time on he was known as "Schoolboy". In 1934 he won an American League record 16 straight games. A good-hitting pitcher, in 1943 he became the first pitcher to hit grand slam home runs in both leagues. He coached and scouted for several major league teams. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 30 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Schoolboy Rowe at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Schoolboy Rowe at Baseball-Reference.com

Photos Courtesy of Dr. Fred Worth, Professor, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia AR