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.

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Jesse  Hill

Born 20 Jan 1907 in Yates MO
Died 31 Aug 1993 in Pasadena CA
Interred Corona Sunnyslope Cemetery, Corona CA. Location - Block 3, Grave 55. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 52.130' - W 117° 32.860'
Debut Date 17 Apr 1935. Outfielder 3 Years.

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. One of the greatest all-round athlete’s in the sport's history of the University of Southern California, he starred in baseball, football and track. He hit a home run for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League in his first professional at-bat. Later he was the track coach (1949-1950), football coach (1951-1956) and athletic director (1957-1972) at USC, and was the first commissioner of the Pac-8 (now Pac-10) Conference, retiring in 1978. In 1995 he was posthumously inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. Died from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

Last Updated 28 Sep 2012.

Click here to see Jesse Hill at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Jesse Hill at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee