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

Lou  DiMuro

Born 24 Apr 1931 in Brooklyn NY
Died 7 Jun 1982 at Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington TX
Interred East Lawn Palms Cemetery, Tucson AZ. Location - Block 32, Lot 21B, Grave 3. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 15.186' - W 110° 52.108'
Debut Date 10 Apr 1963. Umpire 20 Years.

Served in the U S Air Force in West Germany. An aspiring young baseball player, a broken finger while in the service ended his baseball playing career. He turned to umpiring and after an apprenticeship in the miner leagues he began a long career as an American League umpire. He worked in four All-Star games and two World Series. He was one of the last umpires to use the outside chest protector while working behind the plate. Died from massive head injuries suffered when he was struck by a car as he attempted to cross a busy street.

Last Updated 1 Oct 2012.

Photo by Bill Lee