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

Pee Wee  Reese

Born 23 Jul 1918 in Ekron KY
Died 14 Aug 1999 at his home in Louisville KY
Interred Resthaven Memorial Park, Louisville KY. Location - Section 11, Lot 1182, Grave 5. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 10.798' - W 85° 37.979'
Debut Date 23 Apr 1940. Infielder 16 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1984.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. He coached for the Dodgers one year, then spent the next ten years as a radio/TV announcer, working for CBS, NBC and the Cincinnati Reds. After that he did promotional work for the Hillerich and Bradsby bat company and was director of their college and professional baseball staff. He also owned and operated a bowling alley in Louisville. Died after a two-year struggle with lung cancer.

Last Updated 14 Jun 2010.

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