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

Lou  Gehrig

Born 19 Jun 1903 in New York NY
Died 2 Jun 1941 in Riverdale NY
Interred Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla NY. Location - Section 93, Lot 12686. He and his wife's cremains are located In the facing of the tombstone. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 04.432' - W 73° 47.017'
Debut Date 15 Jun 1923. Infielder 17 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1939.

In 1931 he hit three grand slam home runs in four days. He had a career record 23 grand slam homers and drove in 100 or more runs 13 consecutive seasons. Died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a fatal neuromuscular disease, later known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Cremated. In 2007 he was inducted posthumously into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 6 Nov 2011.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley