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


Tris  Speaker

Born 4 Apr 1888 in Hubbard TX
Died 8 Dec 1958 at his lodge near Whitney TX
Interred Fairview Cemetery, Hubbard TX. Location - Section 1, Block 2. At the base of the flag pole. GPS Coordinates - N 31° 50.338' - W 96° 48.342'
Debut Date 14 Sep 1907. Outfielder 22 Years. Manager 8 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1937.

In 1918 he made two unassisted double plays, a major league record for outfielders, and in 1920 he set a major league record with 11 consecutive hits. He was a minor league manager and executive before going into the wholesale liquor business in Cleveland OH. Died from a heart attack after returning from a fishing trip on Lake Whitney. Although only playing two mediocre seasons in the Texas League, he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2004.

Last Updated 12 Aug 2010.

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