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

Billy  Evans

Born 10 Feb 1884 in Chicago
Died 23 Jan 1956 at the North Shore Hospital in Miami FL
Interred Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights OH. Location - Mausoleum, North Wing Extension, Crypt 749A. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 30.837' - W 81° 26.643'
Debut Date 14 Apr 1906. Umpire 22 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1973.

Working in baseball 45 years as an umpire, league president, club administrator and writer, he umpired in the American League from 1906 to 1927 calling six World Series. At age 22 he was the youngest major league umpire in the history of the game. After retiring as an umpire he worked as an executive for the Indians, Red Sox, Tigers and the Cleveland football Rams, as well as serving four years as president of the Southern Association. Died four days after suffering a massive stroke.

Last Updated 7 Apr 2009.

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley