Edward C. “Eddie Glenn” Glinn


Edward C. “Eddie Glenn” Glinn

Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Death 10 Feb 1892 (aged 31)
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Range 21, Sec. 8, Q.S. 3
Memorial ID 109560503 View Source

Under the professional name "Eddie Glenn", Edward (or Ed, as he was also known to friends) played major league baseball in all or part of three seasons from 1884 to 1888 with the Richmond Virginias/Virginians, Pittsburgh Alleghenys and Kansas City Cowboys of the American Association; and with the Boston Beaneaters of the National League.

Ed, a 5' 10", 160-pound right-handed outfielder, had 555 plate appearances in 137 major league games. Though he hit only .202 with 20 extra-base hits and 29 RBI, he was widely respected for his dexterous outfield play, smart base running, and steady clubhouse presence. Among his teammates in Richmond and Boston was star third-baseman Billy Nash, another native Richmonder.

Ed also played for five minor league teams between 1884 and 1890, including the Richmond Virginias/Virginians of the Eastern League; the Syracuse Stars of the International League; the Charleston Quakers and Charleston Seagulls of the Southern League; and the Sioux City Corn Huskers of the Western Association. As a minor-leaguer, he hit .304, with 15 home runs. He also pitched seven innings for Charleston in 1887, giving up eight runs (five earned) on 16 hits. Injuries derailed his career in 1890.

He began playing in 1879 and eventually signed with the Richmond Virginias, an independent professional club, which became a member of the new minor Eastern League in 1884 (and which, also known as the "Virginians", briefly became a major-league American Association team in August of that year after the demise of the A. A.'s Washington franchise). The Virginias/Virginians returned to a re-formed minor-league Eastern League in 1885.

"Eddie Glenn Quite Ill" (Richmond Dispatch, 4 December 1891):

"Eddie Glenn, the well-known baseballist, who played left field on the famous Virginia nine for several years, has been dangerously ill for some time, but he is now greatly improved and his friends hope that he will speedily recover.

"Glenn has been suffering with consumption for several years and recently had hemorrhages, which came very near causing him to lose his life. He is greatly reduced in flesh, and former acquaintances would hardly know him, though he is able to sit up…

"Glenn was a magnificent fielder in his day, and few quicker or better athletes could be found. Rarely, indeed, did a fly slip his grasp when it came in his direction. He was always exceedingly popular in Richmond, as his manners are very gentlemanly and his demeanor dignified and refined."

He and his wife Margaret had one child, Mary Virginia. He died at 1426 W. Leigh Street of "Pulmonary Consumption," per Cemetery records, which identify him as a "Base Baller". He is buried near his parents and many siblings in his father's plot.

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