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


Chick  Hafey

Born 12 Feb 1903 in Berkeley CA
Died 2 Jul 1973 at Convalescent Hospital in Calistoga CA
Interred Holy Cross Cemetery, St Helena CA. Location - Mausoleum B, Side 2, Crypt 79. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 29.708' - W 122° 28.470'
Debut Date 28 Aug 1924. Outfielder 13 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1971.

The first outfielder to wear eyeglasses and, in 1931, the first to lead either league in hitting when wearing glasses. He lived 35 years in the Calistoga area where he raised cattle and sheep. Died from congestive heart failure. Although only playing one year in the Texas League, he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2004.

Last Updated 3 Jul 2009.

Click here to see Chick Hafey at Baseball Almanac

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley