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

Kid  Nichols

Born 14 Sep 1869 in Madison WI
Died 11 Apr 1953 at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City MO
Interred Mount Moriah Cemetery, Kansas City MO. Location - Block 16, Lot 237, Grave 8. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 56.162' - W 94° 34.635'
Debut Date 23 Apr 1890. Pitcher 15 Years. Manager 2 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1949.

He managed minor league baseball and was the baseball coach at Missouri Valley College at Marshall MO. An expert amateur bowler, he was the assistant manager of a bowling alley. Died from a malignant growth on his neck.

Last Updated 19 May 2009.

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