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  Merrill

Born 19 Oct 1923 in Marshall TX
Died 29 Mar 2003 in Arlington TX
Interred Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington TX. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 45.197' - W 97° 07.217'

Served in the U S Army during World War II. An outstanding baseball player as a boy, he had the dream of being a major leaguer, but World War II derailed those aspirations. After the war he became a sports announcer, covering sports for East Texas and Southern Oklahoma radio stations. In 1974 he joined the Texas Rangers as play-by-play announcer and color commentator, working at that job until 1981 when he grew tired of the rigors of traveling with the team. He then went to work for the city of Arlington where he established local access programming for cable television, retiring in 1992. Died from complications of diabetes.

Last Updated 23 Oct 2010.

Photo by Bill Lee