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

Bing  Devine

Born 1 Mar 1916 in St Louis MO
Died 27 Jan 2007 in St Louis MO
Interred Valhalla Cemetery, St Louis MO. Location - Mausoleum, Corridor Z, Tier 10, Level E. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 41.490' - W 90° 19.194'

He was general manager of the St Louis Cardinals from November 1957 through August 1964, and was directly responsible for building the 1964 world champion Cardinals, even though he had been fired with six weeks remaining in the season. From 1965 to 1967 he was assistant to the president and general manager of the New York Mets where he helped put together the organization that would turn the franchise from baseball's laughing-stocks to 1969 world champions. He returned to the Cardinals as general manager in 1968, serving in that capacity until 1978 when he, once again, was fired. He then went to the Montreal Expos as a player development official and the Phillies as a scout. From 1981 to 1986 he was club president of the St Louis football Cardinals of the National Football League. He again returned to baseball and the Cardinals where he served as a special scout and advisor to the general manager.

Last Updated 26 Oct 2010.

Photo by Bill Lee