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

Branch  Rickey

Born 20 Dec 1881 in Stockdale OH
Died 9 Dec 1965 at the Boone County Memorial Hospital in Columbia MO
Interred Rushtown Cemetery, Rushtown OH. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 50.537' - W 83° 01.442'
Debut Date 16 Jun 1905. Catcher 4 Years. Manager 10 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1967.

Served in the U S Army Chemical Corps during World War I. Best known for breaking baseball's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a major league contract, he was one of the most successful general managers and administrators in baseball. Educated in law, he was instrumental in establishing the minor league farm systems and working relations all major league teams use today. He suffered a fatal heart attack while addressing the Missouri State Hall of Fame, accepting his induction into the hall. In 2003 he was inducted posthumously into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame and into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Last Updated 19 Jul 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley