Bill Gleason
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"William G. "Bill" Gleason" was a shortstop in Major League Baseball who played from through for three different teams of the American Association (19th century)/American Association. Listed at , 170 lb., Gleason batted and threw right-handed. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His older brother, Jack Gleason, was also a ballplayer.

Gleason entered the majors in 1882 with the St. Louis Cardinals/St. Louis Browns, playing for them six years before joining the Philadelphia Athletics (American Association)/Philadelphia Athletics (1888) and Louisville Colonels (1889). His most productive season came in 1887, when he posted career numbers in batting average (.288), run (baseball)/runs (135), Hit (baseball)/hits (172), and on-base percentage (.342). A member of three St. Louis champion teams from 1885 to 1887, in 1883 and 1885 he led the league in games played.

In an eight-season career, Gleason was a .267 hitter (907-for-3395) with seven home runs and 298 run batted in/RBI in 798 games, including 613 runs, 111 double (baseball)/doubles, and 35 triple (baseball)/triples. Incomplete data shows him stolen base/stealing 70 bases and hit by pitch/getting hit by 52 pitches.

Gleason died in his native St. Louis at the age of 73.

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There's still a scar on my heart.

God really has cursed the sports fans of Chicago. It defies the law of averages when you think about it: 1908 and 1917. God didn't want it to happen. But if the White Sox ever win again, they'll probably set off a hydrogen bomb.

Little old ladies were terrified. At least those not interested in baseball.