Ed Delahanty

Big Ed
Birth Name:
Edward James Delahanty
Birth Date:
October 30, 1867
Birth Place:
Cleveland, Ohio
Death Date:
July 2, 1903
Place of Death:
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Cause of Death:
Swept over Niagara Falls
Cemetery Name:
Calvary Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Ed Delahanty was an American professional baseball player who spent his Major League Baseball (MLB) playing career with the Philadelphia Quakers, Cleveland Infants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Senators. He was renowned as one of the game's early power hitters, and while primarily a left fielder, also spent time as an infielder. Delahanty won a batting title, batted over .400 three times, and has the fifth-highest career batting average in MLB history. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.


Ed Delahanty died when he fell from the International Bridge on a Thursday night, swept over Niagara Falls, and was taken from the river at the lower Niagara gorge. It all started with a long train ride from Detroit to NYC, and Big Ed decided to down five shots of whiskey. The liquor made him uncontrollable. He crashed into an emergency tool cabinet, breaking the glass. He pulled a woman by her ankles out of her berth, then began threatening passengers with a razor. A drunken Delahanty was terrifying other passengers with an open razor so much so that the conductor simply removed him from the train at Bridgeburg at the Canadian end of the bridge. Delahanty began to walk across the bridge illegally when he simply fell off the tracks.

When they found the body a week later his mangled corpse was missing a leg and was found with an unrelated female body nearby.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Calvary Cemetery

10000 Miles Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio, 44105


North America


Cemetery map of Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio

Grave Location:

Section 10, Lot 135B, Grave 7

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery find the intersection of Sections 9, 10 and 11. Ed Delahanty can be found 3 rows from the road at the intersection.

Grave Location GPS

41.44020093701166, -81.611364716451



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