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

Pete  Reiser

Born 17 Mar 1919 in St Louis MO
Died 25 Oct 1981 at the Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage CA
Interred Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City CA.
Debut Date 23 Jul 1940. Outfielder 10 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. Known for his exciting and reckless style of play, he worked in baseball his entire life as a player, coach and scout. In 1941, at age 22, he was the youngest player to win the National League hitting title. In 1946 he stole home a National League record seven times. He managed some minor league baseball and was Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year in 1959. Between 1960 and 1974 he coached for several teams, including the Dodgers, Cubs, Angels and White Sox. Died from respiratory arrest caused by years of smoking.

Last Updated 19 Jun 2009.

Click here to see Pete Reiser at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Pete Reiser at

Photo by Bill Lee