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


Mel  Ott

Born 2 Mar 1909 in Gretna LA
Died 21 Nov 1958 at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans LA
Interred Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans LA. Location - Mausoleum, Section 146, Avenue Q. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 59.088' - W 90° 06.955'
Debut Date 27 Apr 1926. Outfielder 22 Years. Manager 7 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1951.

In 1926, at age 17, he was the youngest National League player to get a pinch hit, and in 1929, at age 20, he was the youngest player to hit 40 or more home runs. He drew 100 or more walks seven straight years, and ten times in his 22 year career. One of the few players who never played in the minors, he was with the Giants his entire career. In 1946 he became the first manager ejected from both games of a doubleheader. He worked with the Giants farm system and managed minor league baseball until 1952 when he went into the building construction business, returning to baseball in 1955 as an announcer. Died from injuries suffered in an auto accident a week earlier.

Last Updated 31 Dec 2008.

Click here to see Mel Ott at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Mel Ott at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee