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


Deacon  White

Born 7 Dec 1847 in Caton NY
Died 7 Jul 1939 near St Charles IL
Interred Restland Cemetery, Mendota IL. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 33.946' - W 89° 07.542'
Debut Date 4 May 1871. Infielder 15 Years. Manager 1 Year.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 2013.

On 5 May 1871 he was the first batter to hit in a National Association game. He played 20 seasons for teams in the National Association, the National League and the Players League, compiling 2,067 hits in only 1,560 games. He led his league in batting average twice and RBIs three times, and was a standout bare-handed defensive catcher before switching to third base later in his career. After leaving baseball he was in the optical business in Buffalo NY with his brother, Will White. At the time of his death, at his daughter's summer cottage, he was the oldest living former major leaguer.

Last Updated 4 Dec 2012.

Click here to see Deacon White at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Deacon White at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee