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

Earl  Averill

Born 21 May 1902 in Snohomish WA
Died 16 Aug 1983 at Providence Hospital in Everett WA
Interred Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, Snohomish WA. Location - Seventh Addition, Block 1, Lot 427, Grave 2. GPS Coordinates - N 47° 55.163' - W 122° 07.012'
Debut Date 16 Apr 1929. Outfielder 13 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1975.

He was the first American Leaguer to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. In the 1937 All-Star Game he hit the line drive that broke Dizzy Dean's toe - shortening Dean's career. He owned a flower shop in Snohomish WA for eight years before operating a motel there for 20 years, retiring in 1970. Died from pneumonia. Although playing in the Pacific Coast League for only three seasons, in 2009 he was inducted posthumously into the PCL Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 26 Jun 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley