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

Frank  Mancuso

Born 23 May 1918 in Houston TX
Died 4 Aug 2007 at a rehabilitation center in Houston TX
Interred Forest Park of Lawndale, Houston TX. Location - Section 55, Bethany, Lot 494, Grave 5. GPS Coordinates - N 29°42.823' - W 95°18.138'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1944. Catcher 4 Years.

Received a medical discharge in February, 1944, after suffering a serious injury during a parachute training jump while serving in the U S Army during World War II. He played baseball for 18 years, mostly in the minor leagues, and had perhaps the longest continuous tenure of an elected official in Houston history, serving in the Houston City Council from 1963 until 1993. In 1990 Harris County built the Frank Mancuso Sports Complex and In 2003 he was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. Died from the effects of a heart attack suffered two months earlier.

Last Updated 6 Mar 2012.

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