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

Whitey  Lockman

Born 25 Jul 1926 in Lowell NC
Died 17 Mar 2009 at the Mayo Hospital in Scottsdale AZ
Interred Paradise Memorial Gardens, Scottsdale AZ. Location - Mausoleum Structure 1, Bank 2N, Tier 13, Row 10. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 34.982' - W 111° 52.928'
Debut Date 5 Jul 1945. Outfielder 15 Years. Manager 3 Years.

Served in the U S Merchant Marines during World War II. Hitting a homerun in his first major league at-bat when still just 18 years old, he is best known for scoring ahead of Bobby Thomson on the historic "Shot Heard 'Round the World" home run in 1951. After his playing days he worked as a coach, manager, scout and in player development for the Cubs, Expos and Marlins. After 56 years in the game, he retired from baseball in 2001 to care for his wife of 50 years during her unsuccessful battle with cancer, and his son who suffered from muscular dystrophy. Cremated.

Last Updated 1 Oct 2012.

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