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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Jim  Pyburn

Born 1 Nov 1932 in Fairfield AL
Died 21 May 2011 in Jasper AL
Interred Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham AL. Location - Block 17, Lot 80. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 29.491' - W 86° 50.533'
Debut Date 17 May 1955. Outfielder 3 Years.

He was a two-sport guy at the Auburn University. Playing offensive end on the football team, he set a school record for most receiving yards in a season. In baseball he led the Southeast Conference in hitting with a .432 batting average in 1953. Drafted by the Washington Redskins NFL team, he opted for baseball over football. After his baseball career he returned to football as a coach and was the defensive coordinator for the University of Georgia from 1964 to 1979. In 2000 he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Died following a long illness.

Last Updated 17 Oct 2011.

Click here to see Jim Pyburn at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Jim Pyburn at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee