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

Rod  Dedeaux

Born 17 Feb 1914 in New Orleans LA
Died 5 Jan 2006 in Glendale CA
Interred Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles CA. Location - Enduring Faith, Lot 3483, Grave 1. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 08.868' - W 118° 19.472'
Debut Date 28 Sep 1935. Infielder 1 Year.

He coached the University of Southern California baseball team 45 years, retiring in 1984. During that time USC won 11 national championships (five in a row from 1970 to 1974), 28 conference titles and sent 60 players to the major leagues. Inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, he was named College Baseball Coach of the Century in 1999. In 2005 he was inducted into Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals and posthumously into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. He also operated a trucking firm. Died from complications of a stroke suffered a month earlier.

Last Updated 28 Sep 2012.

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