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

Burleigh  Grimes

Born 18 Aug 1893 in Emerald WI
Died 6 Dec 1985 in Clear Lake WI
Interred Clear Lake Cemetery, Clear Lake WI. Location - Block 88, Lot 3, Grave 2. GPS Coordinates - N 45° 14.700' - W 92° 16.438'
Debut Date 10 Sep 1916. Pitcher 19 Years. Manager 2 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1964.

The last legal spitball pitcher, he was a coach, minor league manager and scout until retiring in 1971. Died from cancer. Cremated.

Last Updated 18 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley