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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Tony  Lazzeri

Born 6 Dec 1903 in San Francisco CA
Died 6 Aug 1946 at his home in San Francisco CA
Interred Sunset Mausoleum, Kensington CA. Location - Sunset Terrace, West Corridor, Section 32-28. GPS Coordinates - N 37° 54.443' - W 122° 17.167'
Debut Date 13 Apr 1926. Infielder 14 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1991.

In 1925, playing for Salt Lake City in the Pacific Coast League, he hit 60 home runs, a record for organized baseball at the time. In 1936 he became the first major leaguer ever to hit two home runs with the bases full in one game. In the same contest he batted in eleven runs for a new American League record. This enabled him to set two other major league records, with six home runs in three consecutive contests and seven homers in four successive games. He also tied the big league standard of five homers in two consecutive games and equaled the modern mark of four long hits in one contest. He did all this while playing his whole career with epilepsy. He managed minor league baseball briefly before becoming part-owner of a San Francisco cocktail lounge and sometime instructor for youth baseball camps. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 2 Oct 2009.

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