|Birth: ||Oct. 24, 1857|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 1894|
Home Run King Without a Headstone
Chicago's own predecessor to home run record holders Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds languishes in a pauper's grave 2 miles from Wrigley Field. Ed Williamson lived only 9 more years after cracking the single-season home run record - dying at age 36. Chicago Cubs owner Albert Spalding's mistreatment of Williamson contributed to the popular shortstop's demise, and was a catalyst for the most dramatic revolt by athletes since Spartacus - when every National League player bolted their club - to form their own league.
2 years ago I heard that Williamson was buried in Rosehill, and though I live a few miles away, I had never visited the lush cemetery with its exquisite monuments. One glorious summer day I was driving by, had a few minutes to spare, and thought I'd pay my respects to Ed, a man I'd come to admire deeply, while writing the first biography of his close friend John Montgomery Ward. Rosehill's staff had never heard of Williamson, which didn't surprise me. I enthusiastically related some of Williamson's sad story. Initially, they could find no record of his grave. A few days later Rosehill called back, saying that they'd found a record of Williamson's burial, but didn't know of his baseball career, and can't be sure exactly where his body is. The strong feelings I'd evolved for Williamson and other trailblazers who battled the baseball establishment found an outlet in my biography of Ward, Baseball's Radical for All Seasons.
Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum
Plot: Section 6 (unmarked grave)
Created by: David Stevens
Record added: May 15, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8759923
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