The Obit For Denny Galehouse

The Akron Beacon Journal, October 14th, 1998

Dennis W. "Denny" Galehouse Sr.

     -- Dennis W. "Denny" Galehouse Sr., 86, passed away Oct. 12, 1998, due to complications from heart disease.

     Funeral services will be Friday, 11 a.m., at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Doylestown, with Dr. David Tennant officiating. Burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Wayne County Unit, 560 Winter St., Wooster, Ohio 44691.

     He was born Dec. 7, 1911, in Marshallville, to Meta (Andre) and Samuel Galehouse. He was a 1928 graduate of Doylestown High School, where he was an athlete of renown, and later became a professional baseball player. He pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and St. Louis Browns from 1934 to 1949. Career highlights included winning the opening game of the 1944 World Series for the St. Louis Browns against the favored St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched two complete games and had an ERA of 1.5 and shares with Mort Cooper a record for combined strikeouts of 22, which still stands today. Locally he would be best remembered as the pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the first-ever American League playoff games against the Cleveland Indians in 1948. He was the losing pitcher, and the Indians went on to win the World Series. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He also worked at the Ravenna Arsenal and Goodyear Aircraft. For the past 50 years, he had been a Maj! or League Baseball scout covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, for the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and, for the last 18 years the San Diego Padres.

     He was preceded in death by wife, Elizabeth; brothers, Dwight and Carl. He is survived by sons, Denny Jr. (Margie) Galehouse of Doylestown, Jerry (Carol) Galehouse of Mobile, Ala.; daughter, Jan (Chester) Napier of Wayne, W. Va.; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.