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

Lon  Warneke

Born 28 Mar 1909 in Mount Ida AR
Died 23 Jun 1976 at his home in Hot Springs AR
Interred Owley Cemetery, Owley AR. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 30.921' - W 93° 39.686'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1930. Pitcher 15 Years. Umpire 8 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. He retired in 1945 with a record for pitchers, going 163 consecutive games with out committing an error. He only made eight errors in his entire 15 year career. After retiring as a player he was a National League umpire for eight years, calling one World Series and one All-Star Game. Later he served as a county judge in Garland County, AR, for ten years. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 3 Nov 2011.

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Photo Courtesy of Dr. Fred Worth, Professor, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia AR