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

Hillis  Layne

Born 23 Feb 1918 in Whitwell TN
Died 12 Jan 2010 at his daughter's home in Signal Mountain TN
Interred Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga TN. Location - Section DDD, Grave 447. GPS Coordinates - N 35° 02.153' - W 85° 17.536'
Debut Date 16 Sep 1941. Infielder 3 Years.

Served in the U S Army Corps during World War II. He was active in minor league baseball 17 years as a player or player/manager, including five years for the Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. He had a .335 lifetime minor league batting average and led the PCL in hitting with .367 in 1947. He scouted a number of years with stints for the A's, Mets and the Senators/Rangers. He managed the downtown Chattanooga Ira Trivers clothing store for 15 years. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. Died after suffering a massive heart attack.

Last Updated 24 Aug 2010.

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