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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Fred  Sington

Born 24 Feb 1910 in Birmingham AL
Died 20 Aug 1998 in Birmingham AL
Interred Elmwood Cemetery, Birmingham AL. Location - Block 27, Lot 164. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 29.195' - W 86° 50.784'
Debut Date 23 Sep 1934. Outfielder 6 Years.

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. Also a football player, he was an All-American tackle for three consecutive years from 1928 to 1930. He was a Phi Beta Kappa student and garnered virtually every academic and athletic award during his undergraduate years at the University of Alabama. Following graduation, he was an assistant football coach at Duke University before switching to baseball. After the war he established a chain of sporting good stores in Alabama. In 1955 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1972 and the Southern Athletic Hall of Fame in 1974.

Last Updated 17 Oct 2011.

Click here to see Fred Sington at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Fred Sington at Baseball-Reference.com

Photos by Bill Lee