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.

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Sid  Hudson

Born 3 Jan 1915 in Coalfield TN
Died 10 Oct 2008 in Waco TX
Interred Oakwood Cemetery, Waco TX. Location - Block 4, Lot 4. GPS Coordinates - N 31° 32.303' - W 97° 06.591'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1940. Pitcher 12 Years.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. From 1955 to 1960 he scouted for the Red Sox and in 1961 joined the expansion Washington Senators as pitching coach. For the next 25 years, he served in various capacities with the Senators who relocated to Arlington TX in 1972, and were renamed the Texas Rangers. He was the pitching coach for the Baylor University baseball program from 1987 until retiring in 1993, completing 56 years in baseball.

Last Updated 15 Jun 2009.

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Photo by Bill Lee