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

Lefty  Gomez

Born 26 Nov 1908 in Rodeo CA
Died 17 Feb 1989 at the Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae CA
Interred Mount Tamalpais Cemetery, San Rafael CA. Location - Garden of Devotion 1, Lot 75, Grave 7. GPS Coordinates - N 37° 59.257' - W 122° 33.257'
Debut Date 29 Apr 1930. Pitcher 14 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1972.

He worked as recreational director for the Norden Bombsight Company during World War II and managed a Yankee farm team briefly. He was a public relations representative for Wilson Sporting Goods Company when he died from congestive heart failure.

Last Updated 29 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley