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

Howie  Fitzgerald

Born 16 May 1902 in Eagle Lake TX
Died 26 Feb 1959 near Matthews TX
Interred Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake TX. Location - Block 40, Grave 3. GPS Coordinates - N 29°35.689' - W 96°19.932'
Debut Date 17 Sep 1922. Outfielder 3 Years.

He was a farmer and owned a cleaning and pressing business. He played in the Texas League from 1924 to 1932, hitting .302 in his seasons there. Killed in a one-car accident when he lost control of his truck and ran off the road. In 2005 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 1 Oct 2012.

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