Marty Purtell

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Lawrence Mark Purtell

  • Bats Left, Throws unknown
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 148 lbs

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Biographical Information[edit]

Mark "Marty" Purtell, brother of Billy Purtell and son of Patrick Purtell, managed in the minors for 18 seasons. He was a minor league infielder from 1908 to 1939, seemingly missing the 1937 season. He was never a strong hitter, batting near the Mendoza Line multiple times and never hitting more than 6 home runs in a season. His statistical record is incomplete, however it is known that he had at least 1,541 hits, of which at least 190 were doubles, 40 were triples and 12 were home runs.

In what was his second professional season, with the Decatur Commodores of the Three-I League in 1909, he played an important role in a memorable game. In the first game of a Memorial Day doubleheader on May 30th, he drove in the winning run in a 2-1 win against the Bloomington Bloomers in the 26th inning, in what was the longest professional game up to that point. It would not be exceeded until 1960. In that game, both pitchers, Ed Clarke for Bloomington and Otto Burns for Decatur, went the distances. Marty batted a mere .135 that season, but that was one well-timed hit. Anectodically, the second scheduled game that day was cancelled due to darkness.

He also scouted for the New York Giants ( -1947), Boston Braves (1948-1949), and Pittsburgh Pirates (1952-1955).

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1923 Hutchinson Wheat Shockers Southwestern League 84-50 1st Lost League Finals
1924 Hutchinson Wheat Shockers Western Association 81-80 4th none
1925 Springfield Midgets Western Association 67-82 5th
1926 Springfield Midgets Western Association 92-66 1st League Champs
1927 St. Joseph Saints/Joplin Miners Western Association 73-60 3rd none
1928 Joplin Miners Western Association 70-65 3rd League Champs
1929 Independence Producers Western Association 71-78 4th
1930 Independence Producers Western Association 76-56 1st League Champs
1931 Independence Producers Western Association 77-69 3rd none
1932 Independence Producers/Joplin Miners/Hutchinson Miners Western Association 58-68 3rd none
1933 Hutchinson Wheat Shockers/Bartlesville Bronchos Western League 51-70 7th Detroit Tigers
1934 Bartlesville Reds Western Association 63-69 5th Cincinnati Reds
1935 Bartlesville Reds Western Association 56-79 5th Cincinnati Reds
1936 Fremont Reds Ohio State League 42-56 4th Cincinnati Reds none
1937 Mobile Shippers Southeastern League 77-59 3rd St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1938 Mobile Shippers Southeastern League 75-73 4th St. Louis Cardinals League Champs
1939 Mobile Shippers Southeastern League 56-78 7th St. Louis Cardinals
1956 Paris Lakers Midwest League 73-52 1st Chicago Cubs League Champs

Further Reading[edit]

  • William Dowell: "The Marathon Game: Endless Baseball, its Prelude, and its Aftermath in the 1909 Three-I League", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Volume 40, Number 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 94-102.

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