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 Ball Player’s Inside View.
Glanville joined ESPN in 2010 where he was 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.com, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN the Magazine.
Glanville is a guest speaker throughout the country and has appeared in numerous media outlets. Currently, he is a contributor to The New York Times 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.
Glanville is a board member of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. 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.
Doug Glanville is a writer and sports analyst and a former MLB player. He teaches COMM 307: Communication, Sports, and Social Justice in the undergraduate program at the Annenberg School.