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


Luke  Appling

Born 2 Apr 1907 in High Point NC
Died 3 Jan 1991 at Lakeside Community Hospital in Cumming GA
Interred Sawnee View Memorial Gardens, Cumming GA. Location - Mausoleum, Chapel West, Crypt 140.
Debut Date 10 Sep 1930. Infielder 20 Years. Manager 1 Year.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1964.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. Known as "Old Aches and Pains", he worked his entire life in baseball as a player, coach, manager and minor league manager. In 1936 he won the American League batting title, hitting .388, the highest ever for a shortstop. In 1943 he won his second batting title, and at that time he was only the second shortstop to do so in the American League. He managed several years in the minor leagues and in 1952 was named Minor League Manager of the Year. Up until 1990 he was a hitting instructor for the Braves. Died suddenly from an abdominal aneurysm.

Last Updated 29 Apr 2009.

Click here to see Luke Appling at Baseball Almanac

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley