Saturday, April 10, 2010

Charles J. Pinkney Jr. Finally Gets a Headstone

I first heard of Charles J. Pinkney, the minor league baseball player by reading a story by John Campanelli in the Plain Dealer last year. This morning I was at Lake View Cemetery when he received his headstone 100 years late. His story is tragic yet notable. Only three players have been killed by in-game injuries(open to speculation) in pro ball and he happens to one of them, struck in the head by a pitched ball. The other two are Ray Chapman(1920), also at Lake View and Mike "Doc" Powers(1909), who collided with the outfield wall. The ceremony itself was dignified and went off without a hitch and the weather was great. I think that it happened in spring, baseball weather was cool too. I think about 30 to 40 people attended and it was probably half family. The location is section 25, lot 138.

"Cupid", his nickname, was killed in Dayton(he played for the Dayton Veterans) but was a Cleveland native, having grown up in the village of Collinwood. He played second base for the veterans and hit and fielded well. He was well liked on and off the field and got his nickname from his resemblance to Clarence"Cupid" Childs a second baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians.

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