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The baseball necrology : the post-baseball lives and deaths of over 7,600 major league players and others
Lee, Bill, 1937-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
vii, 517 pages ; 27 cm
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GV865.A1 L42 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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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 it in some capacity, but many do not, choosing instead to pursue 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.

Author Notes

Bill Lee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Baseball seems to be an unending and unstoppable font of data. Here, the postbaseball careers of more than 7,600 deceased players are briefly documented. Most of the information was culled from newspaper obituaries. An appendix provides a state-by-state list of cemeteries and the ballplayers buried there. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Choice Review

In the crowded field of baseball reference books, this one finds a niche, covering the post-baseball lives and deaths of more than 7,000 former major league players, plus selected nonplayers and veterans of the Negro Leagues. Although Lee ambitiously sought to include everyone who ever played in a major league game, he was unable to locate information for about ten percent of them, including all but a handful of players who died outside the US. Because of the book's wide scope, entries are brief. Each gives the player's primary position, number of years as a player or manager, date and place of birth and death, a very brief statement on post-baseball activities, cause of death, burial place, and whether the player is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. An appendix lists burial sites of players by state, city, and cemetery. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Comprehensive baseball collections. R. Nash University of Nebraska at Omaha

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. v
Introductionp. 1
The Necrologyp. 5
Appendix Ballplayers by Cemeteryp. 445
Bibliographyp. 517