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


Joe  Tinker

Born 27 Jul 1880 in Muscotah KS
Died 27 Jul 1948 at Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando FL
Interred Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando FL. Location - Section L, Lot 21. GPS Coordinates - N 28° 32.090' - W 81° 21.500'
Debut Date 17 Apr 1902. Infielder 15 Years. Manager 4 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1946.

He managed minor league baseball and was active in real estate in the Orlando area, often given credit for developing Central Florida. Later he operated a tavern and bowling alley in Orlando. He had a leg removed because of diabetes a year before his death. Died from congestive heart failure.

Last Updated 9 Feb 2012.

Click here to see Joe Tinker at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Joe Tinker at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley