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


Jackie  Robinson

Born 31 Jan 1919 in Cairo GA
Died 24 Oct 1972 in Stamford CT
Interred Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn NY. Location - Section 6, West half of Lot P, Grave 8. GPS Coordinates - N 40° 41.773' - W 73° 52.353'
Debut Date 15 Apr 1947. Infielder 10 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1962.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. A versatile athlete, he was the only person to letter in four sports - baseball, basketball, football and track - at UCLA, and in 2008 he was inducted posthumously into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. He broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. After baseball he was a vice-president for Chock Full O' Nuts corporation and was on the board of directors of the NAACP. Suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, he was almost blind when he died from a heart attack. In 1984 he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2003 the United States Congress posthumously awarded Robinson the Congressional Gold Medal. On April 15, 1997, the 50th anniversary of his debut, Major League Baseball retired his number 42. Playing only one year in the minor leagues, he hit .349 for Montreal in 1946 and was the league's MVP. In 1960 he was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. In 1991 he was made an honorary member of the Canadian Hall of Fame, and in 2005 he was inducted posthumously into Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals and into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Last Updated 19 Jul 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley