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


Joe  Sewell

Born 9 Oct 1898 in Titus AL
Died 6 Mar 1990 at his son's home in Mobile AL
Interred Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa AL. Location - Section 2, Block 9, Lot 6. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 12.117' - W 87° 27.773'
Debut Date 10 Sep 1920. Infielder 14 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1977.

He struck out only 114 times in over 7000 times at bat during his 14 year baseball career, and in 1925 he struck out only four times the entire season, a major league record for a starting player. In 1932 he did that one better, only striking out three times in 503 at-bats. He worked in public relations for Dairy Fresh and was a major league scout. In 1964, at age 66, he became head baseball coach at the University of Alabama, serving seven seasons in that capacity. In 2007 he was inducted posthumously into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 29 Jun 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley