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

Ray  Jansen

Born 16 Jan 1889 in St Louis MO
Died 19 Mar 1934 at Barnes Hospital in St Louis MO
Interred Valhalla Cemetery, St Louis MO. Location - Section 19, Lot 95A, Grave 3. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 41.324' - W 90° 19.289'
Debut Date 30 Sep 1910. Infielder 1 Year.

In 1910 he went 4 for 5 in his only major league game. He was sales manager for the Chevrolet Motor Company at Denver CO before moving to a similar position in St Louis shortly before his death. Died from pneumonia following surgery for a benign brain tumor.

Last Updated 26 Oct 2010.

Click here to see Ray Jansen at Baseball Almanac

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