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

Oscar  Charleston

Born 14 Oct 1896 in Indianapolis
Died 6 Oct 1954 at General Hospital in Philadelphia PA
Interred Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis IN. Location - Lot 4-K8-6-4. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 46.008' - W 86° 13.233'
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1976.

Played in the negro leagues. Served in the Philippines for the U S Army from 1911 to 1915. He spent his entire life in baseball. Died from a heart attack. In 1997 he was elected posthumously as an Exalted Foreigner into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 30 Jun 2009.

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley