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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George  Whiteman

Born 23 Dec 1882 in Peoria IL
Died 10 Feb 1947 at his home in Houston TX
Interred Hollywood Cemetery, Houston TX. Location - Section D, Lot 10, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 29°47.402' - W 95°22.148'
Debut Date 13 Sep 1907. Outfielder 3 Years.

The World Series hitting hero of 1918, he never played in the major leagues again. In a minor league career that started in 1905, and included 24 seasons of 100 or more games, he played in a minor league record 3282 games. He managed minor league baseball before becoming a deputy constable in Harris County, TX, living in Houston 40 years. Died from a heart attack. All or part of 11 of his minor league seasons were spent in the Texas League, three as a player-manager and in 2005 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 10 Jan 2010.

Click here to see George Whiteman at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see George Whiteman at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee