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

John  Sullivan

Born 2 Nov 1920 in Chicago IL
Died 20 Sep 2007 at his home in Homewood IL
Interred Homewood Memorial Gardens, Homewood IL. Location - Section 5, Lot 226. GPS Coordinates - N 41° 33.948' - W 87° 37.854'
Debut Date 7 Jun 1942. Infielder 6 Years.

Served in the Pacific for the U S Army during World War II. After the war he broke his back in a terrible automobile accident while still in Japan, but managed to come back to play three more seasons of major league baseball. After his playing career he managed minor league baseball and formed a semi-pro baseball league in the Chicago area. Died from lung and liver cancer.

Last Updated 15 Jul 2011.

Click here to see John Sullivan at Baseball Almanac

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Photo by Bill Lee