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

Bill  Sodd

Born 18 Sep 1914 in Fort Worth TX
Died 14 May 1998 at a hospital in Fort Worth TX
Interred Mount Olivet Cemetery, Fort Worth TX. Location - Garden of St Joseph Section C, Lot 17, Grave 10. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 47.476' - W 97° 18.784'
Debut Date 27 Sep 1937. Pinch Hitter 1 Year.

Served in the U S Army during World War II. A CPA, he worked for Consolidated Aircraft before becoming the owner of six supermarkets in the Fort Worth area, retiring in 1977.

Last Updated 8 Nov 2011.

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