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

Old Hoss  Radbourn

Born 11 Dec 1854 in Rochester NY
Died 5 Feb 1897 at his home in Bloomington IL
Interred Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington IL. Location - Section 17, Lot 4. GPS Coordinates - N 40° 28.070' - W 88° 59.287'
Debut Date 5 May 1880. Pitcher 12 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1939.

He was the proprietor of a saloon and pool hall in Bloomington. He lost an eye in a gun shot accident during a hunting excursions two years before his death. Died from convulsions, paralysis and locomotor ataxia brought on by syphilis.

Last Updated 30 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley