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.

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Bobby  Wilkins

Born 11 Aug 1922 in Denton NC
Died 3 Jan 2010 at Grace Home in Shreveport LA
Interred Greenwood Cemetery, Shreveport LA. GPS Coordinates - N 32° 30.067' - W 93° 43.984'
Debut Date 18 Apr 1944. Infielder 2 Years.

He played 11 seasons in the minor leagues, including four years for the Shreveport Sports of the Texas League. There he handled 159 consecutive chances without an error in 1949, and in 1951 he set a record with 71 double plays started in a season. A resident of Shreveport for 60 years, he was Chief of Identification for the Caddo Sheriff's Department. Later he taught and coached in local high schools. He had graduated from the FBI National Academy and was elected president of the Louisiana Division, Inc., of the International Association for Identification. Died after a lengthy illness.

Last Updated 11 Jan 2011.

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