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

Johnny  Mize

Born 7 Jan 1913 in Demorest GA
Died 2 Jun 1993 at his home in Demorest GA
Interred Yonah Memorial Gardens, Demorest GA. Location - Sunset Hills Section 1, Lot J-5, Grave 4.
Debut Date 16 Apr 1936. Infielder 15 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1981.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. Six times during his baseball career he hit three home runs in a game and in 1947 he scored at least one run in a National League record 16 straight games. When he retired from the game he had hit home runs in every major league park. He was almost reclusive at his Georgia mountain home during his last years. He contended with prostate cancer, heart bypass surgery and knee replacements, but was not thought to be in failing health when he died in his sleep from cardiac arrest.

Last Updated 16 Jun 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley