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 baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

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


Frank  O'Rourke

Born 28 Nov 1893 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died 14 May 1986 at King James Nursing Home in Chatham NJ
Interred Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth NJ. Location - Linden Section, Plot 105, BX, Grave 2.
Debut Date 12 Jun 1912. Infielder 14 Years.

He managed some minor league baseball before scouting 40 years for the Yankees. He was the oldest active scout in the major leagues when he died. In 1996 he was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Last Updated 22 Oct 2010.

Click here to see Frank O'Rourke at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Frank O'Rourke at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo Courtesy of Dr. Fred Worth, Professor, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia AR