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 baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

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


Ed  Konetchy

Born 3 Sep 1885 in LaCrosse WI
Died 27 May 1947 at his home in Fort Worth TX
Interred Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth TX. Location - Chapel Garden Section 29, Lot 138, Grave 5 1/2. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 45.655' - W 97° 21.759'
Debut Date 29 Jun 1907. Infielder 15 Years.

In 1907 he stole home twice in one game, and in 1919 he set a National League record when he got ten consecutive hits. Finishing his playing career with three years in the Texas League, he hit .334, and in 1925 he led Fort Worth to the pennant with 41 home runs. He managed in the minor leagues for a few years. He lived 22 years in Fort Worth and was a Cardinal scout when he died in his sleep from a sudden heart attack. In 2008 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 8 Nov 2011.

Click here to see Ed Konetchy at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ed Konetchy at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee