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

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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Hal  Trosky

Born 11 Nov 1912 in Norway IA
Died 18 Jun 1979 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids IA
Interred St Michael's Cemetery, Norway IA. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 54.536' - W 91° 55.631'
Debut Date 11 Sep 1933. Infielder 11 Years.

In 1934 he collected a rookie record 374 total bases. He worked for 25 years in farm real estate sales and was a member of the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame. Died after a sudden illness.

Last Updated 19 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Rex Hamann