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 baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

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  Akers

Born 25 Dec 1904 in Chattanooga TN
Died 13 Apr 1962 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga TN
Interred Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga TN. Location - Section FF, Grave 502. GPS Coordinates - N 35° 02.105' - W 85° 17.504'
Debut Date 8 Sep 1929. Infielder 4 Years.

He was the first former major leaguer to join the U S Army Air Corps during World War II, enlisting in July, 1940. Before the war he was a motorcycle policeman for the Arkansas State Troopers. After serving 31 months in the Pacific during the war he stayed in the service, retiring as an Air Force Tech-Sergeant in 1960. He was awarded the Presidential Citation with two Oak Leaf Clusters and four battle stars. Died from liver cancer.

Last Updated 24 Aug 2010.

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