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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Hank  Bauer

Born 31 Jul 1922 in East St Louis IL
Died 9 Feb 2007 in Lenexa KS
Interred Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa KS. Location - Ascension Garden, Lot 138. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 58.617' - W 94° 43.514'
Debut Date 6 Sep 1948. Outfielder 14 Years. Manager 8 Years.

Wounded twice while serving in the Pacific for the U S Marine Corps during World War II, he was the recipient of 11 campaign ribbons, two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. From 1956 to 1958 he set a record when he hit in 17 consecutive World Series games. Managing the Orioles to their first World Championship in 1966, he was named the AP American League Manager of the year twice. He ran a liquor store for many years. Died from cancer.

Last Updated 23 Jun 2009.

Click here to see Hank Bauer at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Hank Bauer at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee