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.

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Joe  DiMaggio

Born 25 Nov 1914 in Martinez CA
Died 8 Mar 1999 at his home in Hollywood FL
Interred Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma CA. Location - Section I, Row 11, Graves 6/7. GPS Coordinates - N 37° 40.272' - W 122° 26.757'
Debut Date 3 May 1936. Outfielder 13 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1955.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1939 he was the last right-handed hitter to hit more than .380. He had an interest in a restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco and did endorsements for selected products. In 1977 he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2003 he was inducted posthumously into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame. Died following a six-month struggle with lung cancer.

Last Updated 25 Jun 2009.

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