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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Casey  Stengel

Born 30 Jul 1890 in Kansas City MO
Died 29 Sep 1975 in Glendale CA
Interred Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale CA. Location - Court of Freedom, Block 7060, Companion Lawn Crypt 6A. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 07.361' - W 118° 14.246'
Debut Date 17 Sep 1912. Outfielder 14 Years. Manager 25 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1966.

In 1923 he hit the first World Series home run in Yankee Stadium - an inside-the-park homer for the Giants against the Yankees. He was a player, coach or manager for 17 professional teams. Died from cancer of the lymph glands. In 2008 he was inducted posthumously into the PCL Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 28 Sep 2012.

Click here to see Casey Stengel at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Casey Stengel at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee