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

Hank  Greenberg

Born 1 Jan 1911 in New York City NY
Died 4 Sep 1986 at his home in Beverly Hills CA
Interred Hillside Memorial Park, Los Angeles CA. Location - Courts of the Book Lawn Crypts, Section V, Isaiah, First Level. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 58.780' - W 118° 23.275'
Debut Date 14 Sep 1930. Infielder 13 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1956.

The first major leaguer to enlist in preparation for war, he was a Captain in the China-Burma-India theater for the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1945 he became the first major leaguer to hit 40 or more home runs (44) with a batting average less than .300 (.277). Playing for Pittsburgh in 1947 he became the first baseball player to make over $100,000 in a season. From 1948 to 1960 he was an executive for the White Sox and the Indians, after which he was a self-employed investor. Died from kidney cancer. Playing just one mediocre season in the Texas League, he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2004.

Last Updated 26 Nov 2009.

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