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Harry Glenn


Date and Place of Birth: June 9, 1890 Shelburn, Indiana
Date and Place of Death:    October 12, 1918 St. Paul, MN
Baseball Experience: Major League
Position: Catcher
Rank: Private (Aviation Mechanician)
Military Unit: Signal Corps US Army
Area Served: United States

Harry M. Glenn was born on June 9, 1890 in Shelburn, Indiana. The left-handed hitting catcher began his pro career with the Vincennes Alices of the Class D Kitty League in 1910, batting .262 in 33 games. He hit .318 with the Alices the following year and earned a late-season call-up to the Nashville Vols of the Class A Southern League, where he had three hits in eight at-bats over three games.

Back with the Vols in 1912, Glenn batted .234 in 51 games. For reasons unknown to the author he was out of organized in 1913 although it appears he was in some dispute with the club. He joined St. Paul of the Class AA American Association in 1914 and batted .267 in 104 games, earning promotion to the St. Louis Cardinals during the spring of 1915.

Harry Glenn made his major league debut for the Cardinals on Opening Day April 14, 1915. Replacing Frank Snyder behind the plate, he was 1-for-2 with the bat. Despite playing well in six games (5-for-15, .313) he was returned to St. Paul after playing his last big league game on May 12. In 63 games with the Saints that year he batted .296.

Glenn remained with the St. Paul club for the next three seasons. In 1916 he batted .234 in 64 games, and hit .282 in 96 games in 1917. In 1918, he batted. 283 in 53 games before receiving his draft call in August.

Private Glenn served as an Aviation Mechanician at the Signal Corps’ Aviation Mechanics Training School on University Avenue in St. Paul. He was confined to hospital for a week with a bad cold which developed into pneumonia. He died a week later, on October 12, 1918.

Harry Glenn is buried at Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Racine Journal News July 3, 1913
Bakersfield Morning Echo Oct 8, 1913
Waterloo Evening Courier April 15, 1915
Kingston Daily Freeman Aug 7, 1918
La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press Oct 13, 1918
Washington Post Oct 13, 1918
Lima Daily News Oct 18, 1918

Date Added: July 10, 2012


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