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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Harry  Walker

Born 22 Oct 1918 in Pascagoula MS
Died 8 Aug 1999 in Birmingham AL
Interred Cedar Grove Cemetery, Leeds AL. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 33.525' - W 86° 31.585'
Debut Date 25 Sep 1940. Outfielder 11 Years. Manager 9 Years.

Served in Europe for the U S Army during World War II, a recipient of a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Known as “Harry the Hat” for his habit of adjusting his hat at every at-bat, in 1947 he became the first player traded in mid-season to win a batting title. He managed minor league baseball for several years, and from 1973 to 1977 he worked in various capacities for the Cardinals, including hitting coach, farm system director and scout. From 1978 until 1986 he coached baseball at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Died from complications of a stroke. Toward the end of his career he played and managed in the International League and in 2009 was inducted posthumously into the International League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 17 Oct 2011.

Click here to see Harry Walker at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Harry Walker at Baseball-Reference.com

Photos by Bill Lee