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The Baseball Necrology, published by McFarland & Company in 2003, ISBN 0-7864-1539-8, "The Post-Baseball Lives and Deaths of Over 7,600 Major League Players and Others."

Written by Bill Lee, it is put together from newspaper obituaries and baseball encyclopedias. The information, gathered from the obituaries themselves as well as The Baseball Encyclopedia, published by MacMillan, and Total Baseball, is extremely useful in tracking baseball persona.

[edit] Book Description

During his playing career, a baseball player’s every action on the field is documented—every at bat, every hit, every pitch. But what becomes of a player after he leaves the game? Some do, in fact, continue to be involved with baseball in some capacity, but many do not, following a different calling and fade into obscurity.

This exhaustive reference work presents information that has never before been available in one source. It briefly details the post-baseball lives of some 7,600 major leaguers, owners, managers, administrators, umpires, sportswriters, announcers and broadcasters who are now deceased. Each entry tells the date and place of the player’s birth, the number of seasons he spent in the majors, the primary position he played, the number of seasons he spent as a manager in the majors (if applicable), his post-baseball career and activities, date and cause of his death, and his final resting place.

[edit] About the Author

Baseball enthusiast and history researcher Bill Lee lives in Harlingen, Texas, with LaVonne, his wife of over thirty years. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

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