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

Larry A  Zirbel

Born 13 Jun 1921 in Paris WI
Died 19 May 2008 in Kansas City MO
Interred Longview Memorial Gardens, Kansas City MO. Location - Garden of Beatitudes, Lot 319, Grave D. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 53.471' - W 94° 28.593'
Debut Date 5 Apr 1979. Umpire 1 Year.

Served in the U S military during World War II. He umpired in the American League for 13 games in 1979 and for one game in the 1984 American League Championship Series, all in Kansas City. He spent thirty-seven years in the teaching profession retiring in June 1986. He has taught at Bethany, King City, Tarkio, The Center School District and the last twenty years in the Hickman Mills District as a counselor. He officiated football, basketball, baseball and fast pitch softball at the high school and college level. He worked with the Kansas City Chiefs for 44 years and n 1993 he was inducted in to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Cremated.

Last Updated 23 Jun 2009.

Photo by Bill Lee