Elton Gladney

Elton E. Gladney, born September 30th, 19091 in Little Rock, AR,2 3 was a Negro league baseball player with various teams in Buffalo, NY, from 1936-1941.4


Gladney was the son of Andrew Gladney and Mattie (nee Herndon) Gladney grew up in Jefferson County, AR,5 and later in Little Rock, AR.6

Gladney may have played with the Indianapolis A.B.C.'s in 1932.7 In 1935, he likely played with the Claybrook Tigers8 9 Later, Gladney played multiple seasons in the Washington League of the Buffalo Municipal Baseball Association in Buffalo, NY. He was with Sanders in 1936 and Donner Hanna in 1937. In 1938, Gladney played with the Buffalo Aces, and afterwards played with various other Negro teams in Buffalo, including the Buffalo Colored Tigers from 1940-1941.

Gladney became well known for his involvement with the United Rubber Workers Union.10

Gladney died in November, 1984 in Missouri11 and was buried Saint Peter's Cemetery in Normandy, MO.12


"A former baseball player with the St. Louis Stars of the National Negro League, Elton Gladney, 52, was named an international field representative of the United Rubber Workers Union. Gladney, president of the Union's Local 222 in Buffalo since 1942, will move to Akron, where he will serve existing locals and organize new ones.""13
8 Iola Register, 8/10/1935. Lists "L. Ladney" at shortstop for Claybrook.
9 Buffalo Courier-Express, 8/23/1935, p.16. Gladney is listed as third baseman for the Claybrook Tigers playing under the team name "Memphis Red Sox" in the first National Baseball Congress tournament in Wichita, KS.