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

Charlie  Wheatley

Born 27 Jun 1893 in Rosedale KS
Died 10 Dec 1982 at a hospital in Tulsa OK
Interred Memorial Park, Tulsa OK. Location - Section 32, Estate 330, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 36° 05.120' - W 95° 53.074'
Debut Date 6 Sep 1912. Pitcher 1 Year.

A Tulsa inventor and businessman, he pioneered the invention of industrial valve equipment. He worked as a salesman and then a free agent for his brother's valve company before organizing his own firm to invent and build valves in the 1950s. Selling his business for $10M in 1970, he was still active as a consultant up until his death at age 89.

Last Updated 19 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Charlie Wheatley at Baseball Almanac

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Photo by Bill Lee