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


Tom  Oliver

Born 15 Jan 1903 in Montgomery AL
Died 26 Feb 1988 at his home in Montgomery AL
Interred Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery AL. Location - Scotts Free Burial Section 1. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 22.944' - W 86° 17.873'
Debut Date 14 Apr 1930. Outfielder 4 Years.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. Spending 60 years in baseball, he managed minor league baseball six years for the Athletics, coached six years for the Athletics and Orioles and scouted many years for the Twins and Phillies, retiring in 1983. Cremated.

Last Updated 7 Feb 2012.

Click here to see Tom Oliver at Baseball Almanac

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

Photo by Bill Lee