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

Red  Ruffing

Born 3 May 1905 in Granville IL
Died 17 Feb 1986 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights OH
Interred Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Bedford Heights OH. Location - Corridor of Devotion Mausoleum, Tier D, Crypt 1. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 24.250' - W 81° 29.490'
Debut Date 31 May 1924. Pitcher 22 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1967.

Served in the U S Army Air Corps during World War II. Considered to be the best hitting pitcher of his time, he was a minor league manager and scout for the Indians, White Sox and Mets, and coached one year for the Mets. He had a stroke 13 years before his death and spent those last years of his life in a wheel chair. Died from heart failure.

Last Updated 19 Jun 2009.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley