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

Lou  Boudreau

Born 17 Jul 1917 in Harvey IL
Died 10 Aug 2001 at St James Hospital in Olympia Fields IL
Interred Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Frankfort IL. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 29.993' - W 87° 51.938'
Debut Date 9 Sep 1938. Infielder 15 Years. Manager 16 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1970.

In 1942, at age 24, he was the youngest person to begin the season as field manager of a team. In 1944 he participated in 134 double plays, a record for a shortstop in a 154-game season. In 1946 he became the first 20th century player to get five extra-base hits in a nine-inning game. In 1948 he was the last player-manager to win both a MVP award and have his team win the World Series. He was a color analyst for the Cubs on WGN in Chicago for over 25 years. Died from heart failure brought on by complications of diabetes.

Last Updated 4 Jul 2009.

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