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.

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Paul  Wachtel

Born 30 Apr 1888 in Myersville MD
Died 15 Dec 1964 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio TX
Interred Sunset Memorial Park, San Antonio TX. Location - Section 2, Lot 105. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 29.778' - W 98° 25.940'
Debut Date 18 Sep 1917. Pitcher 1 Year.

Served in the U S military during World War I. The winner of 231 games over 13 seasons in the Texas League, he was banned from the major leagues because he threw a spitball. He had a lifetime minor league record of 312-224 with an ERA of 2.50. Died from generalized arteriosclerotic heart disease. In 2004 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 14 Aug 2010.

Click here to see Paul Wachtel at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Paul Wachtel at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee