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 baseballundertaker.com/gravesites.html.

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


Dummy  Taylor

Born 21 Feb 1875 in Oskaloosa KS
Died 22 Aug 1958 at Our Savior's Hospital in Jacksonville IL
Interred Prairie City Cemetery, Baldwin City KS. GPS Coordinates - N 38° 46.146' - W 95° 12.322'
Debut Date 27 Aug 1900. Pitcher 9 Years.

A deaf and dumb ballplayer, he was once thrown out of a game when he hadn't said anything. The umpire said, "I knew what he was thinking." He coached baseball at schools for the deaf in Kansas, Iowa and Illinois. He coached five sports at the Kansas School for the deaf in Olathe, and the gymnasium there is named in his honor. After retiring from coaching he scouted for the Giants and later opened a barber shop. Died after suffering a stroke 11 days earlier. In 1952 he was inducted into the USA Deaf School's Federation Hall of Fame. He was posthumously inducted into the Kansas Sport's Hall of Fame in 2000 and into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Last Updated 15 Oct 2011.

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Photos by Bill Lee