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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Herman  Reich

Born 23 Nov 1917 in Bell CA
Died 22 Oct 2009 in Fallbrook CA
Interred Masonic Cemetery, Fallbrook CA. Location - Willow Section, Row F, Lot 54. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 23.516' - W 117° 14.422'
Debut Date 3 May 1949. Infielder 1 Year.

Served in the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. A fan favorite in the Pacific Coast League, he played there ten years, five of them after his only major league season. He coached in the minor leagues and managed one season for Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League. He was a Southern California scout for the Giants and White Sox. Moving to Fallbrook CA in 1967, he owned and operated an avocado farm there. A lifelong athlete, he coached youth sports and was an avid tennis player, golfer, and sport fisherman.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2012.

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