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.

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John  McCloskey

Born 4 Apr 1862 in Louisville KY
Died 17 Nov 1940 at City Hospital in Louisville KY
Interred Calvary Cemetery, Louisville KY. Location - Section 24, Lot 81. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 13.356' - W 85° 43.293'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1895. Manager 5 Years.

He worked in baseball his entire life. Starting as a bat boy, he became a player, coach, manager, scout and executive. He was instrumental in the formation of ten minor leagues and managed 47 different teams during his lifetime. Died following a series of strokes. One of the founders of the Texas League, he managed in the league six seasons and was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame in 2004.

Last Updated 3 Jul 2009.

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Photo by Bill Lee