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Douglas Metunwa Glanville (Doug) (born 1970)

University Affiliation:
  • B.S. in Engineering 1992
  • Varsity baseball, 1989-1991
Biographical Summary:
  • Major league baseball player, 1996-2005
  • Systems engineer

 

Douglas Metunwa Glanville was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on August 25, 1970. A high school baseball star, Glanville was also a good student. He graduated in the top five percent of his class at Teaneck High School, where his mother was a math teacher.

After Glanville enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1988, he played varsity baseball for three years. The summer after his sophomore year, when he played baseball in a top summer league on Cape Cod, Glanville was named the Top Pro Prospect of the summer leagues. The following year, 1991, he became a first-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs. Academics were important to Glanville, however, and he did not hesitate to turn down baseball opportunities to study for exams. He really enjoyed his work in systems engineering; his senior engineering project was a transportation-feasibility study for a proposed baseball stadium on the site of the Philadelphia post office at 30th Street. When he took a leave of absence in the spring of 1992 to play ball, he returned in the fall to finish his course work and graduate.

After graduation, Glanville worked full-time for the Cubs, in training clubs and in Puerto Rico. He made his major league baseball debut on June 9, 1996, as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs. In 1998 he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and played with them until 2004, except for his 2003 season when he played first with the Texas Rangers and then with the Cubs. In 2005 he was traded to the New York Yankees, but did not play. At his retirement after nine seasons as a major league player, he had accumulated 1100 hits and a 293-game errorless streak. In 1999 Glanville led the major leagues on successful stolen bases.

Since his baseball days Glanville has worked as a manager and lead designer for Metropolitan Development group, which builds single family homes in the the Chicago area.