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 baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

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


Harmon  Killebrew

Born 29 Jun 1936 in Patette ID
Died 17 May 2011 at his home in Scottsdale AZ
Interred Riverside Cemetery, Payette ID. GPS Coordinates - N 44° 05.707' - W 116° 56.026'
Debut Date 23 Jun 1954. Infielder 22 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1984.

A prolific power hitter, he hit 573 homeruns during his career, but only had a lifetime batting average of .256. Known as "The Killer", he went into broadcasting after his playing career, calling games for the Athletics, Angels and Twins. Later he went into the automobile and insurance business, owning an auto dealership in Ontario OR, and an insurance agency in Boise ID. In 1990 he retired to Scottsdale and split time between homes in Scottsdale and Meridian ID. Died from esophageal cancer.

Last Updated 10 Jul 2011.

Click here to see Harmon Killebrew at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Harmon Killebrew at Baseball-Reference.com

Photos Courtesy of Nita Killebrew and Everett Cope