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 baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

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


Cliff  Dapper

Born 2 Jan 1920 in Los Angeles CA
Died 8 Feb 2011 at an assisted-living facility in Fallbrook CA
Interred Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside CA. Location - Section 61, Grave 2539. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 52.975' - W 117° 17.137'
Debut Date 19 Apr 1942. Catcher 1 Year.

Served in the South Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. Believed to be the only player ever traded for an announcer, in 1948 he was traded from the Dodger organization to the Atlanta Crackers for Ernie Harwell, the future Hall of Fame announcer. The Crackers were in dire need of a catcher while the Dodgers needed a replacement for Red Barber, another future Hall of Fame announcer, who was on medical leave. Dapper enjoyed a 17-year minor league career as a player, coach and player-manager. After baseball he retired to Fallbrook CA where he and Duke Snider raised avocados and lemons on a 60 acre farm.

Last Updated 28 Sep 2012.

Click here to see Cliff Dapper at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Cliff Dapper at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee