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

Nestor  Chylak

Born 11 May 1922 in Olyphant
Died 17 Feb 1982 at his home in Dunmore PA
Interred St Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Peckville PA. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 28.988' - W 75° 35.642'
Debut Date 13 Apr 1954. Umpire 25 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1999.

Served in Europe for the U S Army during World War II. A Purple Heart recipient, he nearly lost his sight when wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. He was an American League umpire 1954 to 1978 and the supervisor of American League umpires from 1979 until his death. He called five World Series and five All-Star Games. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 29 Apr 2009.

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley