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


Gerry  Priddy

Born 9 Nov 1919 in Los Angeles CA
Died 3 Mar 1980 at his home in Studio City CA
Interred Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City CA. Location - Section F, Tier 68, Grave 15. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 59.488' - W 118° 23.248'
Debut Date 17 Apr 1941. Infielder 11 Years.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1950 he participated in 150 double plays, a record for second basemen. He became a golf pro on the PGA tour and for six years he worked in public relations and sales for a plastic tubing manufacturer. In 1973 he was convicted of attempted extortion for placing a bomb on a ship and demanding a $250,000 ransom from the shipping company. Died from a heart attack.

Last Updated 10 Oct 2012.

Click here to see Gerry Priddy at Baseball Almanac

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Photo by Bill Lee