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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Jimmie  Reese

Born 1 Oct 1901 in New York City NY
Died 13 Jul 1994 at a hospital in Santa Ana CA
Interred Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles CA. Location - Room of Prayer, C42. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 03.523' - W 118° 26.444'
Debut Date 19 Apr 1930. Infielder 3 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. He spent 78 years in baseball as a batboy, player, minor league coach and manager, scout, and was a coach for the Angels from 1973 until his death. At the age of 92, he was perhaps the oldest man ever to wear a uniform in an official capacity in baseball history. His number has been retired by the Angels. Died from generalized arteriosclerosis and respiratory failure. Cremated. In 2003 he was inducted posthumously into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 29 Sep 2012.

Click here to see Jimmie Reese at Baseball Almanac

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

Photos by Bill Lee