Douglas Glanville

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115 Prospect Street
Rosenkranz Hall, Room 435


  • B.A.: University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E, Systems Engineering
  • Honorary Doctorate, Governors State University


Doug Glanville is a rare breed—a combination of outstanding athletic ability, intellect and down-to-earth ease that makes him relatable to people from all walks of life. Raised in Teaneck, New Jersey, Glanville graduated from the school of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the first African American Ivy League graduate to play in the MLB. A nine-year Major League Baseball veteran, Glanville was a first round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs which led to his long career with the Cubs, Texas Rangers, and the Philadelphia Phillies. After retiring from baseball in 2005, Glanville began sharing his experience and knowledge through his writing, speaking, and sports commentary. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View.

Currently, Glanville is a multi-media baseball analyst for NBC Sports Chicago where he provides commentary and analysis on multiple platforms for the network’s coverage of the Chicago Cubs. In addition, he teaches a course at Yale University titled “Athletes, Activism, Public Policy, and the Media.” The highly praised, advanced level political science and communications course examines the relationship between sports, celebrity, and the power to communicate for social change.

Prior to this, Glanville spent seven years as a baseball analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, SportsCenter, and ESPN Radio, and provided color commentary as part of the Wednesday Night Baseball broadcast team. He was also a contributor to, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN the Magazine.

Glanville is a guest speaker throughout the country and has appeared in numerous media outlets. He is a contributor to The New York Times and The Athletic where he offers insight about baseball and how the sport translates to everyday life. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, and El Nuevo Día, as well as other publications. He brings a distinct perspective and challenges his audience to rethink conventional wisdom and discover collaborative solutions. He authors a whimsical blog about parenting and fatherhood called The Daddy Games which can be found on his website,

Glanville is a board member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA). He is active in the community where he is committed to raising the quality of public education through school equity and enhanced programming to support students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. His advocacy extends to public policy and community safety through his work with the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council and the Connecticut State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

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