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


Jimmie  Foxx

Born 22 Oct 1907 in Sudlersville MD
Died 21 Jul 1967 at his brother's home in Miami FL
Interred Flagler Memorial Park, Miami FL. Location - Garden Cross-Good Shepherd Section, Lot 1271. GPS Coordinates - N 25° 46.330' - W 80° 17.093'
Debut Date 1 May 1925. Infielder 20 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1951.

In 1938 he walked a record six times in a single game. He drove in more than 100 runs 13 consecutive seasons. He could also pitch, throwing a perfect inning in 1939, and appearing in nine games in 1945. In 1945 he started two games and relieved in seven others, giving up just 13 hits in 22.7 innings, winning one game with an ERA of 1.59. He coached minor league and college baseball a short while, but died without a job and almost penniless. Died from asphyxiation when he choked on a piece of meat while dining with his brother.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Jimmie Foxx at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Jimmie Foxx at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley