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

Duke  Snider

Born 19 Sep 1926 in Los Angeles CA
Died 27 Feb 2011 at Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondido CA
Interred Masonic Cemetery, Fallbrook CA. Location - Elm Section, Row V, Lot 9. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 23.478' - W 117° 14.343'
Debut Date 17 Apr 1947. Outfielder 18 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1980.

Served on a submarine tender in the Pacific for the U S Navy during World War II. He hit the last home run in Ebbets Field in 1957, prior to the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles the following year, and had the first hit in Dodger Stadium, a single, on opening day of 1962. After his playing days he managed four seasons in the Dodgers' and San Diego Padres' farm systems, then was a broadcaster for the Padres and Montreal Expos before retiring to his home in Fallbrook CA. There he had a 60 acre farm where he grew avocados and lemons with former Dodger teammate, Cliff Dapper. In 1995 he made the news again when he was sentenced to two years' probation, fined $5,000 and was required to pay about $30,000 in back taxes after pleading guilty to failure to report income from card and memorabilia shows.

Last Updated 30 Sep 2012.

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