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


Jim  Riley

Born 25 May 1895 in Bayfield, New Brunswick, Canada
Died 25 May 1969 at the Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin TX
Interred Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park, New Braunfels TX. Location - Good Shepherd Section, Lot C, Grave 47. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 38.952' - W 98° 02.362'
Debut Date 3 Jul 1921. Infielder 2 Years.

Served in the Engineers Unit of the Canadian Army in England during World War I. One of the first to play both professional hockey and professional baseball, he did both between 1914 and 1929, playing several years in baseball's minor leagues, plus two token appearances in the American League. After his athletic career he worked in public relations for National Distillery, retiring to Sequin in 1960. Died from lung cancer.

Last Updated 5 May 2010.

Click here to see Jim Riley at Baseball Almanac

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

Photo by Bill Lee