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.

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Jerry  Adair

Born 17 Dec 1936 in Sand Springs OK
Died 31 May 1987 in Tulsa OK
Interred Woodland Memorial Park, Sand Springs OK. Location - Section Y, Lot 84, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 36° 09.288' - W 96° 06.860'
Debut Date 2 Sep 1958. Infielder 13 Years.

He coached for the A's, then served as a security guard for the Lloyd Rader Center in Sand Springs OK, a secure residential treatment center for juveniles, ages 13 to 19, who had been incarcerated for violent crimes. Died from liver cancer.

Last Updated 19 Dec 2008.

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