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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Tommy  Reis

Born 6 Aug 1914 in Newport KY
Died 6 Nov 2009 at the Hawthorn Village in Ocala FL
Interred St Stephen Cemetery, Fort Thomas KY. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 03.121' - W 84° 26.923'
Debut Date 27 Apr 1938. Pitcher 1 Year.

Served in Europe for the U S Army during World War II and was one of the oldest living former major leaguers who served during the war and the last living player who called Baker Bowl his home field. A longtime minor leaguer, he played in the minor leagues 20 seasons, pitching in over 500 games, winning 198 against 127 losses. He was the activities director at Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati OH.

Last Updated 24 Aug 2010.

Click here to see Tommy Reis at Baseball Almanac

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Photo by Bill Lee