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


Al  Campanis

Born 2 Nov 1916 in Kos, Greece
Died 21 Jun 1998 at his home in Fullerton CA
Interred Loma Vista Memorial Park, Fullerton CA. Location - Mausoleum Unit 7, Crypt 520. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 54.102' - W 117° 55.124'
Debut Date 23 Sep 1943. Infielder 1 Year.

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. Born Alessandro Campanie, he coached, managed in the minor leagues and scouted for the Dodgers before becoming their general manager in 1968, a job he held until 1987 when he was fired for making a racially insensitive remark. Died from coronary artery disease, but suffered from diabetes and nearly died from pneumonia a year earlier.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2012.

Click here to see Al Campanis at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Al Campanis at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee