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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Zeke  Bonura

Born 20 Sep 1908 in New Orleans LA
Died 9 Mar 1987 at Mercy Hospital in New Orleans LA
Interred Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans LA. Location - Section 164. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 59.100' - W 90° 07.188'
Debut Date 17 Apr 1934. Infielder 7 Years.

Served in the Mediterranean for the U S Army during World War II. He had a 12-year minor league career, compiling a lifetime minor league batting average of .349, and managed several years in the minor leagues. Died after suffering a stroke and a ruptured aneurysm. Two of his minor league years were in the Texas League, hitting .357 in 1933. In 2007 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 11 Jan 2011.

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Photos by Bill Lee