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

Ziggy  Sears

Born 10 Jan 1892 in Central City KY
Died 16 Dec 1956 at Memorial Hospital in Houston TX
Interred Forest Park of Lawndale, Houston TX. Location - Section 14, Acacia, Lot 353, Grave 5. GPS Coordinates - N 29°43.089' - W 95°18.322'
Debut Date 22 Jul 1934. Umpire 12 Years.

A National League umpire from 1934 until 1945, calling two World Series and two All-Star Games. He was dismissed following a quarrel with Leo Durocher. After his dismissal he scouted for the Pirates and officiated college basketball games in the Southwest Conference. Formerly a minor league player, he played 15 years in the minor leagues, nine of them in the Texas League. Later he was vice-president of the Baseball Player's Association. Died from a heart attack following surgery. In 2005 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 6 Mar 2012.

Photo by Bill Lee