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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Ed  Donalds

Born 22 Jun 1883 in Bidwell OH
Died 3 Jul 1950 at his home in Columbus OH
Interred Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Columbus OH. Location - Last Supper, Lot 959A, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 58.825' - W 82° 50.763'
Debut Date 1 Sep 1912. Pitcher 1 Year.

Twice winning 30 games in a season, he enjoyed a 12-year minor league career where he had a record of 219-128 and an ERA of 1.73. Eight of those 12 years were spent in the Texas League, including one of the 30 win seasons. He was a used car salesman at a Chevrolet dealership. Died from a blockage of his right carotid artery caused by a malignant growth. In 2006 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 22 May 2011.

Click here to see Ed Donalds at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ed Donalds at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee