Happy Birthday, Eddie Glenn!

Wikipedia says he was born on September 19th 1860 (not June 15th, which is when I am writing this) – and his last name was actually Glinn.

No matter… Ed Glenn was an outfielder from Richmond, VA that bounced around a few leagues and teams from 1884 to 1888.

“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. Ned did not play ball last season, as he received severe injuries the summer before while on the Sioux City’s. He collided with a runner and injured himself internally. His wounds were so serious that he has never appeared on the diamond since, and some think that he fractured one of his ribs, and that this is the cause of the hemorrhages he has recently had.

“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.”

“Eddie Glenn Quite Ill”, Richmond Dispatch, 04 December 1891.

Three months later, Glenn passed to the next league.

“Eddie Glenn, a well-known ball-player, died at his residence in Richmond yesterday after an illness of two years or more. His malady is believed to have been the result of a blow he received from a ball, which caused an injury to one of his lungs.”

Alexandria Gazette, 11 February 1892, Page 2.

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