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

Bill  Kelso

Born 19 Feb 1940 in Kansas City MO
Died 11 May 2009 in North Kansas City MO
Interred White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Kansas City MO. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 12.647' - W 94° 32.352'
Debut Date 31 Jul 1964. Pitcher 4 Years.

He founded and operated Kelso's Pizza Parlor and Pub in Liberty MO, which was a popular hangout for Kansas City Chief players when the team was training at William Jewell College in Liberty. He also founded the successful northland nightclub "The Varsity" that brought some of the best recording stars from the 50's and 60's to perform north of the Missouri River. He coached amateur baseball teams all over the country and spent 29 years as a baseball scout, working for the Angels, Phillies and the last 14 as National Scouting Supervisor for the Houston Astros.

Last Updated 23 Jun 2009.

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Photos by Bill Lee