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.

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Wally  Berger

Born 10 Oct 1905 in Chicago IL
Died 30 Nov 1988 at South Bay Hospital in Redondo Beach CA
Interred Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood CA. Location - Parkview Plot, Lot 9, Grave J. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 57.948' - W 118° 20.234'
Debut Date 15 Apr 1930. Outfielder 11 Years.

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. In 1930 he set a rookie record that stood for 57 years when he hit 38 homeruns. He also had 119 RBIs that year. He scouted for the Yankees and managed some minor league baseball. Later he worked 20 years for Northrup Institute of Technology in California, retiring in 1970. Died from a stroke and complications of diabetes.

Last Updated 29 Sep 2012.

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