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


Earle  Combs

Born 14 May 1899 in Pebworth KY
Died 21 Jul 1976 at Pattie A Clay Hospital in Richmond KY
Interred Richmond Cemetery, Richmond KY. Location - Section T, Lot 40. GPS Coordinates - N 37° 44.442' - W 84° 17.585'
Debut Date 16 Apr 1924. Outfielder 12 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1970.

Three times he led the American League in triples. He was a coach for the Yankees, Browns, Red Sox and Phillies before retiring from baseball to a 400 acre farm in Eastern Kentucky in 1955. For 19 years he served on the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents. He also was a Kentucky State Banking Commissioner and had other business interests. Died after a long illness.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Earle Combs at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Earle Combs at Baseball-Reference.com

Photos by Bill Lee