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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Edd  Roush

Born 8 May 1893 in Oakland City IN
Died 21 Mar 1988 in Bradenton FL
Interred Montgomery Cemetery, Oakland City IN. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 19.548' - W 87° 20.512'
Debut Date 20 Aug 1913. Outfielder 18 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1962.

The last surviving member of the 1919 World Series, he retired to Bradenton in 1935 and was a Winter visitor there until his death. Died from a heart attack suffered while attending a spring training game. At the time of his death he was the oldest living member of baseball's Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Edd Roush at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Edd Roush at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley