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


Pete  Coscarart

Born 16 Jun 1913 in Escondido CA
Died 24 Jul 2002 at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido CA
Interred Oak Hill Memorial Park, Escondido CA. Location - Section 6SM, Lot 7, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 07.879' - W 117° 01.691'
Debut Date 26 Apr 1938. Infielder 9 Years.

He was a scout for the Twins and Yankees. In 1996 he was involved in an unsuccessful lawsuit against Major League Baseball in an effort to gain pension benefits for major league service prior to 1947. He was a real estate broker in the Escondido area for nearly 30 years. Died from complications of an aneurysm suffered ten days earlier.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2012.

Click here to see Pete Coscarart at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Pete Coscarart at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee