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

Hal  Woodeshick

Born 24 Aug 1932 in Wilkes-Barre PA
Died 14 Jun 2009 in Houston TX
Interred Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston TX. Location - Niche in the Botanical Garden. GPS Coordinates - N 29°46.733' - W 95°36.891'
Debut Date 14 Sep 1956. Pitcher 11 Years.

Served in the U S Army during the Korean Conflict. One of the original Houston Colt 45's, he started and won the second game in team history, pitching eight scoreless innings against the Chicago Cubs. He worked 32 years as a sales representative for Zep Manufacturing, retiring in 1999. He mentored young baseball players, played in charitable golf tournaments and volunteered in the cardiology wing at Memorial Herman Hospital, as he was a successful cardiac by-pass survivor. Died after a lengthy battle with heart and lung disease. Cremated.

Last Updated 10 Jan 2010.

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Photo by Bill Lee