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

Ty  Cobb

Born 18 Dec 1886 in Narrows GA
Died 17 Jul 1961 at the Emery University Hospital in Atlanta GA
Interred Rose Hill Cemetery, Royston GA. Location - In the Cobb Family Mausoleum.
Debut Date 30 Aug 1905. Outfielder 24 Years. Manager 6 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1936.

Served briefly in the U S Army during World War I. Among his many career records is the fact that he collected five hits in a game a record 13 times. He was one of only two players that hit home runs while both a teenager and over age 40. A shrewd investor, he lived off his stock investments and became a millionaire, living in a ranch-type mansion at Atherton CA and a Lake Tahoe retreat in Nevada. Died from prostate cancer. In 1994 he was inducted posthumously into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 5 Jul 2009.

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