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

Mickey  Mantle

Born 20 Oct 1931 in Spavinaw OK
Died 13 Aug 1995 at Baylor University Medical Center in Waco TX
Interred Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas TX. Location - Hillcrest Mausoleum, North St. Matthew, Private Room III. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 52.090' - W 96° 46.832'
Debut Date 17 Apr 1951. Outfielder 18 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1974.

In 1956 he became the first switch-hitter to win a batting title and the only one to win a Triple Crown. With 536 career homers, he holds the lifetime home run record for a switch-hitter. Died from liver cancer. After his death his family became involved in organ transplant awareness programs.

Last Updated 16 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Mickey Mantle at Baseball Almanac

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Photo by Bill Lee