Eddie Murphy

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John Edward Murphy
(Honest Eddie, Glass Arm Eddie)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Murphy bats in 1916

Honest Eddie Murphy was a member of the Chicago White Sox of 1919 who was not banned from baseball. He appeared in only 30 games in 1919, hitting an impressive .486. His career stretched from 1912-1921 with 16 games in 1926, although he had as many as 300 at-bats in a season only in 1913-1915.

In 1912 with the minor league Baltimore Orioles, he led the International League in batting average. He had been playing minor league or town ball since 1907 (source: Eddie Murphy's Glass Bat).

He stole at least 30 bases each season from 1913 to 1915 and also hit 9 triples in each of 1914 and 1915.

Even after hitting .486 in 1919, he only got 118 at-bats in 1920, but hit .339.

In addition to his World Series appearance in 1919 with the Chicago White Sox, he was also in the 1913 World Series as a 21-year-old regular outfielder with the Philadelphia Athletics, a series which the Athletics won. He was additionally in the 1914 World Series which they lost. Although he hit .295 in 1913, the team as a whole hit .280, with Eddie Collins hitting .345 and Home Run Baker hitting .337.

He was a minor league manager in the Philadelphia Phillies system between 1948 and 1955, managing teams in Americus, GA; Grand Forks, ND; Salt Lake City, UT; and Pulaski, VA.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • John Heeg: "Eddie Murphy", in Jacob Pomrenke, ed.: Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 156-160. ISBN 978-1-933599-95-3

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