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

Joe  Murphy

Born 7 Sep 1866 in St Louis MO
Died 28 Mar 1951 at his home in Coral Gables FL
Interred Calvary Cemetery, St Louis MO. Location - In the family mausoleum at Section 18, Lot 438, Grave 5. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 41.781' - W 90° 14.342'
Debut Date 28 Apr 1886. Pitcher 2 Years. Umpire 1 Year.

He umpired in four American Association games in 1887. The sports editor for the St Louis Globe-Democrat and the Chicago Tribune and a well-known horse race track official, he retired to Florida about 1936.

Last Updated 26 May 2009.

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Photos by Bill Lee