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


Satchel  Paige

Born 7 Jul 1906 in Mobile AL
Died 8 Jun 1982 at his home in Kansas City MO
Interred Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City MO. Location - Paige Island between Sections 51 and 38. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 00.032' - W 94° 34.220'
Debut Date 9 Jul 1948. Pitcher 6 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1971.

The first black pitcher in the American League and the first to pitch in a World Series game, he was perhaps the greatest pitcher of all time, not getting a chance to pitch in the majors until he was in his 40s. He pitched three innings of shutout baseball for the A's at age 59 and is said to have pitched in over 2500 games in the negro leagues, winning over 2000 of them. Died from a heart attack after a long siege of heart trouble and emphysema. Inducted posthumously into Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 2001.

Last Updated 29 Jun 2009.

Click here to see Satchel Paige at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Satchel Paige at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee