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

William  Medart

Born 15 May 1845 in Belleville
Died 9 Oct 1913 in St Louis MO
Interred Bellefontaine Cemetery, St Louis MO. Location - Block 292, Lot 5466. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 41.318' - W 90° 13.587'
Debut Date 20 Jun 1876. Umpire 3 Years.

Umpired a few National League games in 1876 and 1877, and two American Association games in 1887. He was a manufacturer of pulleys at a foundry. Died from a cerebral embolism.

Last Updated 6 Aug 2010.

Photo by Bill Lee