In 1905, Professional baseball player James Bentley “Cy” Seymour (1878-1919), led the National League, and all of professional baseball, in batting with a .377 average, hits with 219 and runs-batted-in with 121 with the Cincinnati Reds. He played for the Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Giants throughout his career.
After his professional career he worked in wartime jobs in the Speedway shipyards and Bush terminal in New York City. While working in the shipyards, he contracted tuberculosis, and died at his home on September 20, 1919. He was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, Lot 46, Section 15.
David Pietrusza will discuss Seymour on August 24 at 1 pm, in the Albany Rural Cemetery’s 1884 Chapel, as part of the “Who Are The People of Albany Rural Cemetery” series. After the talk, attendees will have the chance to visit Seymour’s grave.
Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged at the event. RSVP online as seating in the Chapel is limited.
Albany Rural Cemetery is located on Cemetery Avenue in Albany.
Photo of Cy Seymour provided.