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.

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Gavvy  Cravath

Born 23 Mar 1881 in Escondido CA
Died 23 May 1963 at his home in Laguna Beach CA
Interred Melrose Abbey Memorial Park, Orange CA. Location - Carnation Lawn, Lot 299, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 47.634' - W 117° 53.763'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1908. Outfielder 11 Years. Manager 2 Years.

He served 36 years as Justice of the Peace at Laguna Beach. He was the last judge to serve in Orange County (CA) who was not a member of the bar, and the county's last Justice of the Peace. He was the father of Jeff Cravath, a successful college football coach at the University of Southern California. Died in his sleep from heart failure.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2012.

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