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

Fred  Toney

Born 11 Dec 1888 in Nashville TN
Died 11 Mar 1953 at his home in Nashville TN
Interred Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville TN. Location - Section VV, Lot 305, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 36° 14.501' - W 86° 43.293'
Debut Date 15 Apr 1911. Pitcher 12 Years.

In a minor league game he struck out 19 batters while pitching a 17 inning no-hit game. For the Cincinnati Reds he once pitched both games of a double header, giving up three hits in each game. In 1917 he pitched a 10 inning no-hit game in which neither team got a hit in the first nine innings. After baseball he was a court officer in Davidson County, TN. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 24 Aug 2010.

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Photo by Bill Lee