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


Lloyd  Waner

Born 16 Mar 1906 in Harrah OK
Died 22 Jul 1982 at Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City OK
Interred Rose Hill Burial Park, Oklahoma City OK. Location - Section 11, Lot 186, Grave 2 NEC. GPS Coordinates - N 35° 31.937' - W 97° 32.145'
Debut Date 12 Apr 1927. Outfielder 18 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1967.

Known as "Little Poison", he and his Hall of Fame brother, Paul, played in the same outfield for the Pirates. In 1927 he set a rookie record with 223 hits. He only had that many hits one other time in his career. Also in that rookie year, he scored 133 runs with only 27 RBIs - the largest differential in major league history. In 1941 he set a major league record when he played 77 straight games without striking out. For many years he was a foreman for the city of Oklahoma City. Died from emphysema.

Last Updated 3 Jan 2009.

Click here to see Lloyd Waner at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Lloyd Waner at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee