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


Ed  Walsh

Born 14 May 1881 in Plains PA
Died 26 May 1959 at a friend's home in Pompano Beach FL
Interred Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens North, Pompano Beach FL. Location - Fountain Garden #2, Lot 101, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 26° 15.593' - W 80° 07.502'
Debut Date 7 May 1904. Pitcher 14 Years. Umpire 1 Year.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1946.

He won 40 games in 1908, managed minor league baseball, scouted, umpired a year in the American League and coached baseball at Notre Dame University. He was said to be the only man who could "strut while standing still." For many years he worked at a water plant in Meriden CT. Died from a kidney infection and prostate cancer after being bedfast for a year.

Last Updated 7 Apr 2009.

Click here to see Ed Walsh at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ed Walsh at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley