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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Sam  Rice

Born 20 Feb 1890 in Morocco IN
Died 13 Oct 1974 at his home in Rossmor MD
Interred Woodside Cemetery, Brinklow MD. GPS Coordinates - N 39° 10.267' - W 77° 00.448'
Debut Date 7 Aug 1915. Outfielder 20 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1963.

He saw combat in Mexico while serving in the U S Navy and also served in the U S Army during World War I. In 1930 he set records for a man over age 40 with 207 hits, 121 runs and 271 total bases, while hitting .349. He hit over .300 each of the next two years and played four more years after 1930. He had a chicken farm near Rossmor. Died from cancer after being ill for some time. Cremated.

Last Updated 15 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley