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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Ted  Lyons

Born 28 Dec 1900 in Lake Charles LA
Died 25 Jul 1986 at a nursing home in Sulphur LA
Interred Big Woods Cemetery, Edgerly LA. GPS Coordinates - N 30° 16.163' - W 93° 30.377'
Debut Date 2 Jul 1923. Pitcher 21 Years. Manager 3 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1955.

Served as a major in the Pacific for the U S Marines during World War II. In 1942 he was 14-6 in just 20 appearances - all complete games. A coach for the Dodgers and scout for the White Sox, he retired in 1966 to help his sister manage a rice plantation in Louisiana and to his favorite pastimes of golfing and hunting. Died from cancer.

Last Updated 10 Dec 2009.

Click here to see Ted Lyons at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ted Lyons at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee