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

Ross  Barnes

Born 8 May 1850 in Mt Morris NY
Died 5 Feb 1915 at his apartment in the Wicklow Hotel in Chicago IL
Interred Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford IL. Location - Section 33, Lot 5. GPS Coordinates - N 42° 17.491' - W 89° 04.677'
Debut Date 5 May 1871. Infielder 9 Years.

On 2 May 1876 he hit history's first National League home run and was the first National League batting leader, hitting .429 that year. After his playing career he umpired 56 games in the upstart Player's League in 1890. Later he was a bookkeeper for the People's Gas, Light and Coke Company. Died from heart trouble.

Last Updated 15 Jul 2011.

Click here to see Ross Barnes at Baseball Almanac

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Photos by Bill Lee