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

Oscar  Roettger

Born 19 Feb 1900 in St Louis MO
Died 4 Jul 1986 at St John's Mercy Hospital in St Louis MO
Interred Bethlehem Cemetery, Bellefontaine Neighbors MO. Location - Section 25A, Lot 123. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 44.599' - W 90° 13.265'
Debut Date 7 Jul 1923. Infielder 4 Years.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. He played in the American Association and the International League, and managed in the International League and the Southern Association. Known as the "tailor to the baseball stars", in 1941 he went to work for the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company where he designed baseball attire. Died from a heart attack after suffering an aneurysm.

Last Updated 26 Oct 2010.

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Photo by Bill Lee