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.

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Mickey  Owen

Born 4 Apr 1916 in Nixa MO
Died 13 Jul 2005 at the Veteran's Nursing Home in Mount Vernon MO
Interred Patterson Cemetery, Springfield MO. GPS Coordinates - N 37° 06.287' - W 93° 19.207'
Debut Date 2 May 1937. Catcher 13 Years.

Served in the U S Navy during World War II. Known as a fine defensive catcher, committing only three errors in 1941, he will always be remembered for mishandling a Hugh Casey pitch in game four of the 1941 World Series that allowed the Yankees to make a comeback victory against the Dodgers. In 1946 he was one of the players who jumped to the Mexican League in search of better pay, and missed three years in the prime of his career. He coached a couple of years for the Red Sox, managed briefly in the minor leagues and was a scout for the Cubs. He was the Greene County, MO, sheriff for 16 years and in 1980 he ran unsuccessfully for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. He also founded two volunteer fire departments in Greene County. In 1960 he started the Mickey Owen Baseball School near Miller MO. He suffered a stroke four years before his death and had been in ill health since.

Last Updated 16 Jun 2009.

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