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


Pete  Runnels

Born 28 Jan 1928 in Lufkin TX
Died 20 May 1991 at Bayshore Hospital in Pasadena TX
Interred Forest Park East Cemetery, Webster TX. Location - Section 210, Tranquility View, Lot 219, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 29°30.829' - W 95°07.433'
Debut Date 1 Jul 1951. Infielder 14 Years. Manager 1 Year.

Served in the U S Marine Corps during World War II. In 1962 he was the first to win two American League batting titles playing two different positions. He owned and operated a sporting goods store in Pasadena and later was the founder and co-owner of Highland Lakes Athletic Association and Camp Champions, a summer camp for boys and girls. Died from a heart attack three days after suffering a stroke.

Last Updated 6 Mar 2012.

Click here to see Pete Runnels at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Pete Runnels at Baseball-Reference.com

Photos by Bill Lee