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.

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Ed  Bailey

Born 15 Apr 1931 in Strawberry Plains TN
Died 23 Mar 2007 at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville TN
Interred Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Knoxville TN. Location - Section C, Grave 1341. GPS Coordinates - N 35° 55.504' - W 83° 59.675'
Debut Date 26 Sep 1953. Catcher 14 Years.

A five-time National League All Star Catcher, he served in the U S Army in the early 1950s. He worked in public relations for Waste Management and BFI Industries for a number of years. He was an aide to U S Representative John J Duncan, Sr. for 12 years, then served on the Knoxville City Council from 1983 to 1995. In 1982 he was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. Died from throat cancer.

Last Updated 24 Aug 2010.

Click here to see Ed Bailey at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Ed Bailey at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee