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

Howard  Freigau

Born 1 Aug 1902 in Dayton OH
Died 18 Jul 1932 in Chattanooga TN
Interred Woodland Cemetery, Dayton OH.
Debut Date 13 Sep 1922. Infielder 7 Years.

He was a star basketball and baseball player at Ohio Wesleyan University. Broke his neck and drowned when he struck his head on the bottom of a swimming pool when the team he was playing for, the Knoxville Smokies, was visiting the Chattanooga Lookouts - both teams in the Southern Association.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2009.

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Photos by Bill Lee