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Al Glossop


Date and Place of Birth: July 23, 1915 Christopher, Illinois

Died: July 2, 1991 Walnut Creek, California

Baseball Experience: Major League
Military Unit:
US Navy

Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations

Major League Stats: Al Glossop on Baseball-Almanac

Alban “Al” Glossop was born on July 23, 1915 in Christopher, Illinois. He signed his first pro contract in 1932, and by 1935 he was with Charlotte of the Piedmont League. The young second baseman joined Rocky Mount of the same league in 1936 and was with Syracuse of the International League the following year.

Glossop batted .258 with Jersey City of the International League in 1939 and made his major league debut with the New York Giants on September 23. He played in 10 games that year and was back with the Giants in 1940 but was traded to the Boston Braves in June, appearing in 60 games and batting .236.

He was purchased by the New York Yankees in 1941 and spent the season with Kansas City of the American Association where he batted .301 in 144 games with 16 home runs and 96 RBIs. The Phillies drafted Glossop from the Yankees in September 1941 and he played 121 games with them the following season.

Philadelphia traded him to the Dodgers in March 1943 and he played 87 games with them before he found himself on the move again in September – this time to the Chicago Cubs.

On March 17, 1944 – not having played a game for his new club – Glossop entered military service with the Navy. He was with the Navy at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in 1944, and joined the Navy’s Western Pacific tour with the Fifth Fleet team in 1945. He was assigned to Saipan after the tour. 

Glossop was discharged from the Navy in December 1945. He rejoined the Cubs in 1946, playing just four games and going 0-for-10 at the plate before being optioned to Los Angeles of the Pacific Coast League. He remained with the team until retiring after the 1950 season.

Al Glossop passed away on July 2, 1991 in Walnut Creek, California.

Created May 26, 2008.


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