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William Patrick Gleason

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 6½", Weight 157 lb.

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Billy Gleason played for Holyoke of the Connecticut League in 1914 and the Lynn Pirates of the Eastern League from 1915-16.

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Gleason late in 1916, but was traded to the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1917 for Jake Pitler.

Shortly after being traded, Gleason contracted typhoid fever and missed the entire season. In 1918, he joined the navy, thus missing another season. He played for Chattanooga from 1919-20, hitting .280 and .275, respectively.

He was tabbed the heir at second base for the St. Louis Browns, who had cut Joe Gedeon following his involvement in the 1919 World Series betting scandal, but that experiment didn't last long as he was eventually replaced by Dud Lee and Marty McManus.

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