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.

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Jim  Waugh

Born 25 Nov 1933 in Lancaster OH
Died 16 Feb 2010 in Rock Hill SC
Interred Bourland Cemetery, Keller TX. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 56.797' - W 97° 14.662'
Debut Date 19 Apr 1952. Pitcher 2 Years.

At age 18, in his first major league start, he became the youngest pitcher in Pirate history to win a major league game. Earning a degree in industrial engineering from Ohio State University, he had a long career in manufacturing. In retirement he published articles about his time in baseball and gave an address to the Society of American Baseball Research in May of 2009.

Last Updated 15 Nov 2010.

Click here to see Jim Waugh at Baseball Almanac

Click here to see Jim Waugh at Baseball-Reference.com

Photo by Bill Lee