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

George  Kell

Born 23 Aug 1922 in Swifton AR
Died 24 Mar 2009 at his home in Swifton AR
Interred Swifton Cemetery, Swifton AR. Location - Center Kell vault. GPS Coordinates - N 35° 49.331' - W 91° 08.295'
Debut Date 28 Sep 1943. Infielder 15 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1983.

For 45 years he owned George Kell Motors, a General Motors dealership in Newport AR. From 1959 until retiring in 1996 he was the color announcer on television and radio for the Tigers, working alongside Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell. He was injured seriously in an automobile accident in 2004 but was able to walk with a cane about six months later. He lived in the same house where he was born until it burned in 2001. He died in his sleep in the house that was rebuilt in the same location as the house that burned.

Last Updated 14 May 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley