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

Americus  McKim

Born 26 Feb 1840 in Belmont County, OH
Died 10 Feb 1910 in Kansas City MO
Interred Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City MO. Location - Section 16. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 05.839' - W 94° 31.414'

Considered the “Father of Kansas City baseball,” he had a historic role in bringing major league baseball to Kansas City. In June of 1884, he bought a franchise in the fledgling Union Association, the first major league team in Kansas City. In 1885, a minor league was created called the Western League and he became its first president. In addition to his baseball interests, he had a malt and grain business that supplied many local breweries and was a brick manufacturer as well as a contractor. He lived from 1840 to 1910, dying a pauper. He was buried in an unmarked grave until SABR provided a marker in 2006.

Last Updated 30 Mar 2009.

Photo by Bill Lee