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


Jerry  Denny

Born 16 Mar 1859 in New York City NY
Died 16 Aug 1927 at his home in Houston TX
Interred Holy Cross Cemetery, Houston TX. Location - Section N, Lot 44, W 1/2, Grave 7. GPS Coordinates - N 29°47.308' - W 95°22.139'
Debut Date 2 May 1881. Infielder 13 Years.

The last position player to play his entire career without gloves, he was considered the best bare-handed player of the game. He holds the Major League record for most chances by a third baseman in a single game, handling 16 chances during an 18-inning match on August 17, 1882. He owned a gentlemen's furnishing goods store in Derby CT before moving to Houston. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 6 Mar 2012.

Click here to see Jerry Denny at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Jerry Denny at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee