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

Carl  Hubbell

Born 22 Jun 1903 in Carthage MO
Died 21 Nov 1988 at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital in Scottsdale AZ
Interred New Hope Cemetery, Meeker OK. Location - Section 5, Block 13, Lot 7-N1/2. GPS Coordinates - N 35° 29.072' - W 96° 53.562'
Debut Date 26 Jul 1928. Pitcher 16 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1947.

Known for his knuckle ball and his 1934 All-Star Game performance when he struck out five of the greatest hitters in baseball history in order. He once won 24 straight games, and pitched 46 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings. He was Director of Player Development for the Giants until his retirement in 1977. Died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident three days earlier. Cremated.

Last Updated 3 Jan 2009.

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Photo by Bill Lee