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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Warren  Spahn

Born 23 Apr 1921 in Buffalo NY
Died 24 Nov 2003 at his home in Broken Arrow OK
Interred Elmwood Cemetery, Hartshorne OK. Location - Block 20. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 51.622' - W 95° 33.380'
Debut Date 19 Apr 1942. Pitcher 21 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1973.

Served in Europe for the U S Army during World War II where he was wounded and earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. The winningest left-hander in major-league history, in 1963, at age 42, he became the oldest pitcher to win 20 or more games. He managed and coached minor league baseball, including a number of years in Japan. He was the pitching coach for one year for the Mets and two years for the Indians. Died from natural causes.

Last Updated 19 Jun 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley