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

Bert  Shepard

Born 28 Jun 1920 in Dana IN
Died 16 Jun 2008 at a nursing home in Highland CA
Interred Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside CA. Location - Columbarium Wall, Section BC, Row D, Niche 377. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 53.210' - W 117° 17.090'
Debut Date 4 Aug 1945. Pitcher 1 Year.

As a World War II fighter pilot in the U S Army, he was shot down over Germany and taken prisoner. The recipient of the Purple Heart, among other decorations, he lost a leg in the crash, but later pitched a game in the major leagues. He was the only player to appear in a major league game with an artificial leg. After playing and coaching in the minor leagues until the mid-1950s, Shepard worked as a safety engineer for IBM and Hughes Aircraft. He also became an accomplished golfer, winning the 1968 and 1971 National Amputee Golf Championships. Died from natural causes. Cremated.

Last Updated 28 Sep 2012.

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