"My Hero"
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 St. Louis Cardinal in 1943

Carden E. (Gilly) Gillenwater
May 13, 1917 - May 10, 2000,

Carden Gillenwater was born in Riceville TN. a small town near Knoxville.  At age 15 he caught the attention of baseball scouts when he fielded a home run ball, bare handed, for up in a tree.   From that time on he was watched closely by scouts and was recruited by Branch Rickey of the St. Louis Cardinals after graduation from Knoxville High School. 
   Gilly passed on to baseball heaven May 10th 2000 (two days short of his 83rd birthday) after a short illness.  His 15 year baseball career included minor and major league teams of the St. Louis Cardinals, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and Washington Senators.  Gilly and his wife Marian King of Knoxville, TN. moved to Clearwater Fl in the 1955.  Together they owned and operated a fabric retail  store at Sunshine Mall in Clearwater for 25 years.   Carden was an avid golfer and was recently a member of the  "Sleepers" golf group of Pinellas County.  He will be missed by all.  His competitive sprit was an inspiration to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing and playing with him. 

Gilly and Marian last resided at 45 East Bay Country Club, Largo, FL. 33771


As a Dodger

Marian King and Carden  
Married in 1941, Knoxville, Tenn.
Carden and Marion dine at The Waldorf Astoria NY 1969
Recruiting ball players for charity golf tournament 

 "The Slugger"
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