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

Paul  Waner

Born 16 Apr 1903 in Harrah OK
Died 29 Aug 1965 at his home in Sarasota FL
Interred Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton FL. Location - Section L, Lot 164, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 27° 26.803' - W 82° 33.023'
Debut Date 13 Apr 1926. Outfielder 20 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1952.

Known as "Big Poison," he and his Hall of Fame brother, Lloyd, played in the same outfield for the Pirates. Not to be outdone by his younger brother, he hit .309 or better for 12 straight years. He was an avid hunter, fisher and golfer. Died from a chronic respiratory ailment. Although playing in the Pacific Coast League only three seasons, he was inducted posthumously into the PCL Hall of Fame. During those three seasons, playing for the San Francisco Seals, he hit .378, including .401 in 1925.

Last Updated 26 Jun 2009.

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