Ballplayer Grave Sites
(grave photos are found at http://www.lostengraving.deviantart.com/gallery/)
I use the website "deviantart.com" to provide an avenue for viewing my photographs of the grave sites of the players who called the American Association their home at one time during their career.
Many of these players also had an active playing career in the major leagues, and you will find there is considerable overlap. Other websites, such as deadball.com (which I highly recommend) are dedicated primarily to major league players, in particular, those who were famous -- for one reason or another. The photos are intended to spotlight those players who may not have gained fame in the major leagues but who excelled in the American Association.
Many of the graves I've visited were of players who flew below the radar. If they were part of the American Association family at any time, I will seek out their grave and attempt to provide a photographic document of it.
In many cases I have attempted to show not only the actual gravestone, but also the setting in which the grave is found. For that reason there will often be numerous photos identified with one player. The purpose for this is to give the viewer the opportunity to see the grave as I saw it and thus to be able to "travel" to the grave and be there in spirit.
The intention is to provide the viewer with the widest possible perspective of each ballplayer's final resting place.
It will take time for me to complete this website, as my wife and I have traveled to over 400 graves in the past ten years.
My most recent foray into the cemeteries of middle America came during the summer of 2011. First I traveled to southern Wisconsin where I located the graves of the following players (discovering them in the following order):
1. Willis Cole, Indianapolis Indians outfielder (1914-16) in Milton, Wisconsin
2. Joe Cantillon, Milwaukee Brewers manager (1902-05) and Minneapolis Millers manager (1910-23) in Janesville, Wisconsin
3. Stan Sperry, Louisville Colonels third-baseman (1942-43) in Evansville, Wisconsin
4. Braggo Roth, Kansas City Blues third-baseman and outfielder (1913-14; 1923); St. Paul Saints outfielder (1923) in Burlington, Wisconsin
5. Frank Roth, Indianapolis Indians catcher (1905); Milwaukee Brewers catcher (1906-08); Louisville Colonels catcher (1913) in Burlington, Wisconsin
6. Bob Steele, St. Paul Saints pitcher (1915) in Burlington, Wisconsin
7. Ginger Beaumont, St. Paul Saints outfielder (1911) in Rochester, Wisconsin
8. Anton "Tony" Kubek, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder (1931-35) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9. Joe Just, Milwaukee Brewers catcher (1938-39; 1941; 1949-50) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
10. Bruno Block, Minneapolis Millers catcher (1908-09); Milwaukee Brewers catcher (1912; 1916) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11. Mandy Brooks, Columbus Senators outfielder (1924) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
12. Joe Hauser, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and first-baseman (1920-21; 1929); Kansas City Blues first-baseman (1927); Minneapolis Millers first-baseman (1932-36) in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
13. Stoney McGlynn, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher (1909-12) in Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Then my wife, Keitha, and I located the following graves in August 2011
14. George Perring, Toledo Mud Hens third-baseman (1907; 1916); Columbus Senators infielder (1910-13) in Beloit, Wisconsin
15. Elmer Miller, St. Paul Saints outfielder (1919-21) in Beloit, Wisconsin
16. Bill Killefer, Milwaukee Brewers manager (1941) in Paw Paw, Michigan
17. Harry Niles, Toledo Mud Hens outfielder (1911-12); Indianapolis Indians outfielder (1913-14); St. Paul Saints outfielder (1914-16); Kansas City Blues outfielder (1916) in Sturgis, Michigan
18. Jack Wisner, Indianapolis Indians pitcher (1926-27); Toledo Mud Hens pitcher (1927) in Marshall, Michigan
19. Walter Anderson, Louisville Colonels pitcher (1919) in Grand Rapids, Michigan
20. Walt Wilmot, Minneapolis Millers outfielder and manager (1902-03) in Plover, Wisconsin
As of October 18, 2011 roughly half of these 20 player graves have been posted.
Soon afterwards I visited the grave of Wilbur "Wib" Smith who was a catcher for the Minneapolis Millers.
Smith's grave is located at the picturesque Lakewood Cemetery on the southside of Minneapolis.
My original inspiration for grave hunting came from learning about the efforts of Stew Thornley who was, at the time, attempting to visit the graves of all the members in the baseball Hall of Fame. I thought the idea was a novel one, and I wondered if I might be able to find any of the old Milwaukee Brewers graves I'd become interested in.
My first grave hunt was in July, 1999 when I was still living in Milwaukee. Using a death certificate, I was able find the grave of one of the old American Association Milwaukee Brewers' most outstanding pitchers, Ulysses S. Grant "Stoney" McGlynn, who is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Manitowoc, Wisconsin (a grave I revisited in June 2011).
Since then we have sought to locate graves from Minnesota to Kentucky in an attempt to locate ballplayer graves, no matter how obscure the player. While this takes considerable resources to accomplish, the reward from such an activity is incomparable. Ask any grave hunter and they may tell you the same thing. The thrill of the chase, the often spontaneous "find" that occurs, the tramping through old cemeteries which seem like forgotten places, these are all part of the grave hunter's delight. I hope you will find delight in viewing these pages, and that you might become interested in grave hunting as well.
My baseball history journal, inspired by a trip to the grave of Nick Cullop in 2001, has grown in scope over the last eight years. The American Association Almanac, as it is known, first began by describing the adventure I had when traveling from Mogadore, Ohio (where I moved after living in Milwaukee for 15 years) to the Columbus area in search of Cullop's grave.
Having never encountered an unmarked grave in the past, I was struck by the fact that a player of Cullop's renown could lie in such an anonymous state. Then again, once we're gone, does our name matter much? I came to the conclusion that it does matter, and my efforts were subsequently directed toward constructing a wooden marker which I was allowed to have planted at Cullop's grave site. I was quite unprepared for the small media storm that ensued, as the case drew national attention.
Thanks in large part to the personal generosity of Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, there is now a marker at the grave of ol' Tomato Face, as he was known. Flimsy as it was at the get-go, my "newsletter" (as it was then known) was well-received, and through the support of a small cadre of avid baseball historians, the American Association Almanac now has 80 subscribers, including a smattering of institutional supporters.
More information can be found at either of my two blog sites, www.almanacpark.blogspot.com or www.theoldaa.wordpress.com. Grave photos can be viewed at www.lostengraving.deviantart.com/gallery.
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