Howard `Duke' Kinnamon, 81, C&P foreman, ballplayer

September 30, 2005

Howard "Duke" Kinnamon, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. foreman and former semipro baseball player, died of complications from a stroke Saturday at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. He was 81 and formerly lived in Pasadena and Cockeysville.

Born in Cambridge, he was a 1941 graduate of Cambridge High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates organization and signed to play the 1941 season. He was a minor-league pitcher, catcher and outfielder for several months.

He then worked for Phillips Packing Co. in Cambridge and played basketball on a Coca-Cola team.

In 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and helped transport troops to landings in Africa, Europe and the Philippines.

After the war he became a C&P lineman in Cambridge and played baseball in a semipro Eastern Shore league. He also held jobs for the telephone company in Laurel and moved to the Baltimore area in 1955. He retired as a foreman in 1972.

In 2002, he moved back to Cambridge from Cockeysville.

His wife of 54 years, the former Gloria Lee Thomas, died in 2001.

Services are private.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas Kinnamon of Westminster and John Kinnamon of Baltimore; a daughter, Judy Keller of Glenmoore, Pa.; and three grandchildren. Another son, Howard "Dutch" Kinnamon Jr., died in 1994.

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