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.

Bill Lee

Alexander J  Cartwright

Born 17 Apr 1820 in New York City
Died 12 Jul 1892 in Honolulu HI
Interred Oahu Cemetery, Honolulu HI. Location - Section 5, Lot 184. GPS Coordinates - N 21° 19.492' - W 157° 50.988'
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1938.

He is usually given credit for framing the first standard set of rules for the game that was adopted in 1845. Often called the "Father of Baseball", he formed the New York Knickerbockers in 1842. He joined the California Gold Rush in 1849 and shortly thereafter ended up in Hawaii. There he became a civic leader, founding the Honolulu Fire Department and serving as the city's fire chief for ten years. He established a number of businesses in Honolulu and became a wealthy man. He served in several government positions and is given credit for helping establishing the island's library system and a hospital. Died from "an illness in his throat that worsened."

Last Updated 6 Apr 2009.

Photo by Bill Lee