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Carden Gillenwater

Carden Edison Gillenwater
Born: May 13, 1918 in Riceville, Tenn.
Died: May 10, 2000 in Largo, Fla.
Debut: 1940 | Pos: OF
H: 6’1″ | W: 178 | B: R | T: R

5 335 1004 129 261 11 114 20 .260

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Carden E. Gillenwater, who played in the major leagues with the Braves and Senators, died on May 10, 2000 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 82.

Including the minor leagues, Gillenwater played in 15 seasons as a professional baseball player. At the major league level, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and Washington Senators.

In 335 games in the majors, he hit .260 with 11 home runs and 114 RBI.

In 1936, Gillenwater was invited to a tryout by Branch Rickey Jr., son of the Cardinals’ owner. 1,500 players attended the tryout and Gillenwater was one of two players to be signed by the Cardinals, according to his obituary.

He played in the minors leagues until he debuted with the Cardinals in 1940. His minor league stops including Columbus, Ohio, Rochester, N.Y., St. Paul, Minn., and Syracuse, N.Y.

His only season of regular play came in 1945 with the Braves when he hit .288 with 7 home runs and 72 RBI in 517 at-bats.

He was born in Riceville, Tenn. and moved to Pinellas County in 1950. He owned and operated Gil-Mar Fabrics in Clearwater for 25 years.

Source: Associated Press, Total Baseball