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.

Bill Lee

Martin  Duke

Born about 1867 in Zanesville OH
Died 31 Dec 1898 at City Hospital, in Minneapolis MN
Interred Mount Calvary Cemetery, Columbus OH. Location - Cathedral Section B, Lot 136, Grave 3. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 56.837' - W 83° 01.397'
Debut Date 24 Aug 1891. Pitcher 1 Year. Umpire 1 Year.

Umpired one American Association game in 1890. At the time of his death he was working as a saloon porter in Minneapolis.

Last Updated 7 Apr 2009.

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