Pluto: HOFer Ed Delahanty buried at Cleveland’s Calvary Cemetery with many unanswered questions

From Terry Pluto at the Cleveland Plain Dealer on August 18, 2015, with mention of SABR member John Saccoman:

The tombstone sits in section 10 of Calvary Cemetery.

It reads one word: DELAHANTY.

It’s said to be the grave of Ed Delahanty, a Hall of Fame baseball player who had a lifetime batting average of .346.

He also is the first player who merited a memorial arm band, worn by the Indians. The latest is the No. 7 patch on Tribe’s uniforms this season, honoring the death of former Indian Al Rosen.

Delahanty played for a team called the Cleveland Infants, before they became the Indians.

The death of Delahanty remains one of baseball’s great mysteries. When I visited his grave at Calvary Cemetery on Miles Ave. and East 100th Street, I was surprised that there was no mention of Delahanty being a baseball player on the tombstone.

In fact, there was no first name. No date of birth and death on the main tombstone.

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Originally published: August 18, 2015. Last Updated: August 18, 2015.