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


Johnny  Sturm

Born 23 Jan 1916 in St Louis MO
Died 8 Oct 2004 at his home in St Louis MO
Interred SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, St Louis MO. Location - Section 53A, Lot 29. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 33.957' - W 90° 17.185'
Debut Date 14 Apr 1941. Infielder 1 Year.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. While in the service he lost the tip of his right index finger in a tractor accident at Jefferson Barracks in Missouri. After being a regular in 1941 and playing in every World Series game that year, he was not invited back to the team in 1942, and never played in the majors again. He managed minor league baseball and was a scout, first for the Houston Colt 45s and later for the Reds and the Red Sox. Died from congestive heart failure.

Last Updated 31 May 2009.

Click here to see Johnny Sturm at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Johnny Sturm at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee