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.

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Clarence  Kraft

Born 9 Jun 1887 in Evansville IN
Died 25 Mar 1958 enroute to Harris Hospital in Fort Worth TX
Interred Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth TX. Location - Psalms Mausoleum, Tier C, Crypt 46C. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 45.572' - W 97° 21.820'
Debut Date 1 May 1914. Infielder 1 Year.

Served in the U S military during World War I. During his last seven years in professional baseball he hit .316 for Fort Worth of the Texas League with 170 home runs, 55 in his last year. Over a 15-year minor league career he hit .307 with 253 home runs. Later he owned an automobile dealership, was president of the Fort Worth baseball club briefly, and was a Tarrant County, TX, judge. He died from a heart attack. In 2004 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 8 Nov 2011.

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