Minor leaguer killed by pitch in 1909 finally gets headstone

In September 2009, the Cleveland Plain Dealer carried a story of Charles “Cupid” Pinkney, who 100 years earlier was playing for the Dayton Veterans. and was looked on as a major league prospect. On September 14, 1909, he was struck by a pitch and died the next day. For a century, his grave was unmarked. This tragic story has something of a happy ending, however.

In September 2009, the Cleveland Plain Dealer carried a story of Charles “Cupid” Pinkney, who 100 years earlier was playing for the Dayton Veterans. and was looked on as a major league prospect. On September 14, 1909, he was struck by a pitch and died the next day. For a century, his grave was unmarked. This tragic story has something of a happy ending, however. A local monument company later announced it would donate a headstone. The dedication for the headstone is Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery.

Below is a press release from Lakeview Cemetery regarding the dedication.

WHAT: Charles Pinkney Headstone Dedication
WHERE: Lake View Cemetery Section 25 Lot 138
WHEN: Saturday, April 10, 2010
TIME: 10:30 a.m.
COST: No charge

Cleveland



Originally published: April 7, 2010. Last Updated: April 7, 2010.

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