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.

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Tommy  Warren

Born 5 Jul 1917 in Tulsa OK
Died 2 Jan 1968 at a southside motel in Tulsa OK
Interred Memorial Park, Tulsa OK. Location - Section 9A, Lot 214, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 36° 05.329' - W 95° 52.971'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1944. Pitcher 1 Year.

Serving in the U S Navy during World War II, he was wounded during troop landings in North Africa and was awarded the Purple Heart. Discharged because of his wounds in September 1943, in April 1944 he was the first player with overseas combat experience in World War II to appear in a major league game. After his one major league season he played and managed in the minor leagues until 1955 and was a deputy sheriff for the Tulsa County, OK, sheriff's office. Feeding a gambling addiction, in 1949, while working for the sheriff's department, he was convicted for a scam involving larceny by fraud and sentenced to a three-year prison term. In spite of his felony record he was known for his work with youth groups. Died from a self-inflicted shotgun blast to the chest, leaving a note citing ill health as the reason.

Last Updated 24 Apr 2010.

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