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

Tom  Fleming

Born 30 Jan 1918 in MO
Died 18 Jun 2003 at St Joseph's Hospital in Kirkwood MO
Interred Resurrection Cemetery, Affton MO. Location - Section 43, Lot 587. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 34.640' - W 90° 19.239'
Debut Date 10 Apr 1979. Umpire 1 Year.

He was CEO and founder of Fleming and Company, Pharmaceuticals. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1939 and a master's in chemistry in 1941, both from St. Louis University. Before his career in pharmaceutical sales, he worked as a professional baseball umpire in the minor leagues. He also officiated at high school, college and semiprofessional baseball games. In 1979, fulfilling a lifelong dream, he was drafted to officiate at St. Louis Cardinals' games during the umpires' strike. He umpired one National League game in 1979. He umpired at more than 6,000 baseball games at all levels over 59 years.

Last Updated 30 May 2009.

Photo by Bill Lee