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


Eppa  Rixey

Born 3 May 1891 in Culpeper VA
Died 28 Feb 1963 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati OH
Interred Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford OH. Location - Section 22, Lot 7. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 10.285' - W 84° 16.627'
Debut Date 21 Jun 1912. Pitcher 21 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1963.

Served in the military during World War I. One of the few players who made it to the majors without ever playing in the minor leagues, in 1933 he set a career record victory total for a left-handed pitcher with 266, broken by Warren Spahn in 1959. He owned a successful insurance business in Cincinnati. Died after suffering a heart attack earlier in the day.

Last Updated 19 May 2009.

Click here to see Eppa Rixey at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Eppa Rixey at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee