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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Mel  Parnell

Born 13 Jun 1922 in New Orleans LA
Died 20 Mar 2012 in New Orleans LA
Interred Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans LA. Location - Section 203, Lot D5. GPS Coordinates - N 29° 59.176' - W 90° 07.136'
Debut Date 20 Apr 1947. Pitcher 10 Years.

Served in the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. He spent his entire active career with the Red Sox where he was the winningest southpaw in team history and the fourth winningest pitcher. After his active career he was the head baseball coach at Tulane University for a year and managed minor league baseball for a few years. In the 1960's he worked with the broadcast team for both the Red Sox and White Sox. He was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997. Living in New Orleans, he died after a long struggle with cancer.

Last Updated 15 Mar 2013.

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