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.

Bill Lee

George  Pfister

Born 4 Sep 1918 in Bound Brook NJ
Died 14 Aug 1997 at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville NJ
Interred Bound Brook Cemetery, Bound Brook NJ. Location - Section G, Grave 157. GPS Coordinates - N 40° 34.090' - W 74° 31.785'
Debut Date 27 Sep 1941. Catcher 1 Year.

Served in the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked his entire life in baseball as a major league coach, minor league manager and executive, director of minor league operations for the Yankees from 1965 to 1974, and in the office of the baseball commissioner as supervisor of baseball operations from 1974 until his death. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 26 Oct 2011.

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Photos Courtesy of Dr. Fred Worth, Professor, Henderson State University, Arkadelphia AR