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

Bill  Klem

Born 22 Feb 1874 in Rochester
Died 16 Sep 1951 at his home in Miami Beach FL
Interred Graceland Memorial Park, Coral Gables FL. Location - Section H, Block 23, Lot 10, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 25° 45.783' - W 80° 16.172'
Debut Date 14 Apr 1905. Umpire 37 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1953.

A National League umpire for 37 years, he was known as the "Dean of Baseball Umpires" and the "Old Arbitrator". He worked 18 World Series and two All-Star Games. After retiring as an active umpire in 1941, he was head of National League umpires from then until his death. Died from a heart attack after suffering from serious internal and respiratory disorders for two years.

Last Updated 9 Apr 2009.

Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley