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

Bill  Dickey

Born 6 Jun 1907 in Bastrop LA
Died 12 Nov 1993 in Little Rock AR
Interred Roselawn Memorial Park, Little Rock AR. Location - Center Lawn, Lot 193, Grave 2. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 43.767' - W 92° 18.388'
Debut Date 15 Aug 1928. Catcher 17 Years. Manager 1 Year.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1954.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. After retiring as a player he coached for a few years and managed some minor league baseball. Afterward he was a securities representative for a Little Rock investment firm until retiring in 1977. He was inducted into the New York, Arkansas and Louisiana sports halls of fame. Died from the complications of a stroke.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

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