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


Gene  Oliver

Born 22 Mar 1935 in Moline IL
Died 3 Mar 2007 at Trinity Medical Center at Rock Island IL
Interred Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island IL. Location - Mausoleum Section Q, Tier D, Crypt 3. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 28.784' - W 90° 34.409'
Debut Date 6 Jun 1959. Catcher 10 Years.

Semi-retired, he was working as a bailiff for Rock Island County, Illinois. He enjoyed officiating high school sports and sports of all kinds, including hunting, fishing and golfing. He also enjoyed cooking, traveling and spending time with his family.

Last Updated 12 Feb 2008.

Click here to see Gene Oliver at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Gene Oliver at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee