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

Dick  Aylward

Born 4 Jun 1925 in Baltimore MD
Died 11 Jun 1983 at his home in Spring Valley CA
Interred Glen Abbey Memorial Park, Bonita CA. Location - Block 11, Section 98, Grave 4. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 39.107' - W 117° 02.777'
Debut Date 1 May 1953. Catcher 1 Year.

While serving in Europe for the U S Army during World War II he was seriously wounded, spending 10 months recuperating in hospitals both in Europe and the United States. He went on to spend another 13 years in professional baseball, including part of a year with Cleveland. After retiring from baseball he was a truck driver for 20 years. Died from gastric cancer.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2012.

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Photo by Bill Lee