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

Ducky  Medwick

Born 24 Nov 1911 in Carteret NJ
Died 21 Mar 1975 at Bayfront Medical Center in St Petersburg FL
Interred St Lucas Cemetery, Sappington MO. Location - Section B. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 32.247' - W 90° 23.322'
Debut Date 2 Sep 1932. Outfielder 17 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1968.

In 1937 he became the first player to get four hits in an All-Star Game, and was the last National Leaguer to win the Triple Crown. He engaged in the insurance business in St Louis MO from 1950 to 1966, but in 1966 returned to baseball as the minor league hitting instructor for the Cardinals. Died from a heart attack. Sandwiched around his outstanding major league career were three years in the Texas League, and in 2004 he was inducted posthumously into the Texas League Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 3 Jul 2009.

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