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

Chief  Bender

Born 5 May 1883 in Brainerd MN
Died 22 May 1954 at Graduate Park Hospital in Philadelphia PA
Interred Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn PA. Location - Cedar Lawn Section, Lot 516. GPS Coordinates - N 40° 06.898' - W 75° 09.206'
Debut Date 20 Apr 1903. Pitcher 16 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1953.

A full-blooded Chippewa Indian, he coached for the Philadelphia Athletics, White Sox, Giants and was the head baseball coach at the United States Naval Academy from 1924 to 1928. He also was a scout for the Athletics and managed in the minor leagues. Died from a heart attack while being treated for cancer. In 1998 he was inducted posthumously into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 17 Apr 2011.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley