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

Danny  Thomas

Born 9 May 1951 in Birmingham AL
Died 12 Jun 1980 in Mobile AL
Interred Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile AL. Location - Section 8, Lot 14. Family marker only. GPS Coordinates - N 30° 37.999' - W 88° 05.030'
Debut Date 2 Sep 1976. Outfielder 2 Years.

Known as the "Sundown Kid", he was once a bright young major league prospect. Psychiatric problems resulted in a drug overdose, a suspension for punching an umpire and a religious experience that prevented him from playing from sundown on Friday until sunup on Monday. Died by hanging himself in his cell while in jail awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl.

Last Updated 11 Jan 2009.

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