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

Willie  Stargell

Born 6 Mar 1940 in Earlsboro OK
Died 9 Apr 2001 at the New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington NC
Interred Oleander Memorial Gardens, Wilmington NC. GPS Coordinates - N 34° 12.443' - W 77° 49.760'
Debut Date 16 Sep 1962. Outfielder 21 Years.
Hall of Fame. Inducted 1988.

In 1969 he became the first player to ever hit a ball out of Dodger Stadium. At age 39 he was selected National League MVP, the oldest in major league history to win the award. He worked his entire life in baseball for the Pirates and Braves. Died from a stroke two weeks after undergoing gall bladder surgery, but suffered his last three years from a kidney disorder.

Last Updated 19 Dec 2008.

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Photo Courtesy of Stew Thornley