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

Gus  Bell

Born 15 Nov 1928 in Louisville KY
Died 7 May 1995 at Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery OH
Interred Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Cincinnati OH.
Debut Date 30 May 1950. Outfielder 15 Years.

The patriarch of a three-generation major-league family, in 1962, toward the end of his career, he became the first Met base runner when he got the first Met hit. Died following a heart attack suffered a week earlier.

Last Updated 30 Mar 2009.

Click here to see Gus Bell at Baseball Almanac

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Photo by Bill Lee