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

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

Frank  Lane

Born 1 Feb 1895 in Cincinnati OH
Died 19 Mar 1981 at a nursing home in Richardson TX
Interred Restland Memorial Park, Dallas TX. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 55.937' - W 96° 44.416'

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. Originally a professional football player prior to the formation of the NFL, he then went into officiating, serving as a referee in both football and basketball. In 1933 he was named as traveling secretary for the Cincinnati Reds, a position that began a progression up the promotion ladder as an executive for the Reds, White Sox, Cardinals, A's, Orioles, Brewers and Indians. Known as "Trader Frank", he was involved in over 400 player trades. He was also president of the minor league American Association for two years and was general manager of the new NBA franchise known as the Chicago Packers for a year. He concluded his time in baseball as a scout for the Angels and Rangers. Died after a long illness.

Last Updated 23 Oct 2010.

Photo by Bill Lee