Morrie Aderholt

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Morris Woodroe Aderholt

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Biographical Information[edit]

Morrie Aderholt played five seasons in the majors. Most of his action came in 1945, when he posted a personal best .290/.339/.358 line with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves.

Aderholt was born in 1915 in Mount Olive, NC, the southeastern portion of the state. He attended Wake Forest from 1935-1938 (Tommy Byrne was also there in 1938) and began in the minors in 1939 with the Charlotte Hornets of the Piedmont League, for whom he played second base and hit 21 home runs with a .297 batting average.

On September 13, 1939, Aderholt made his major league debut, appearing in 7 games with the Washington Senators. In 1940, he played one game with the Sens and, in 1941, he was up for 11 more. Mostly, he was in the minors with the Springfield Nationals of the Eastern League, learning to play third base. In 1942, he was back with Charlotte, and, in 1943, he played with the Chattanooga Lookouts/Montgomery Rebels hybrid, hitting .319. In 1944, he was with the Montreal Royals, the top farm team of the Dodgers, hitting 20 home runs. The Royals also featured future stars Duke Snider and Ralph Branca as well as future manager Gene Mauch. Morrie came back to the majors for 17 games in 1944, hitting .271 with three triples.

Morrie's big year came as World War II neared its end. In 1945, Aderholt appeared in 39 games with the Dodgers, and then, after being selected off waivers, another 31 games with the Braves. Although he hit poorly with Brooklyn, with Boston he was solid, putting up a batting average of .333. He played mostly outfield during his time in the majors in 1944-1945, although he had been primarily a second baseman during his earlier big league days. Even so, his major league fielding average (at all positions) during his career was .915. In his career, he primarily wore number 19. From 1946-1951, he continued to play in the minors. During a 12-season minor-league career, he hit .304. From 1948-1953, he managed before moving into scouting.

Morrie's obituary says that he died of a heart attack at age 39. He had a chronic heart condition and had been working as a Washington scout since 1954.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1948 Emporia Nationals Virginia League 63-74 5th Washington Senators
1949 Emporia Nationals Virginia League 67-55 3rd Washington Senators Lost in 1st round
1950 Emporia Nationals Virginia League 71-57 1st Washington Senators League Champs
1951 Roanoke Rapids Jays Coastal Plain League 59-66 5th Washington Senators
1952 Danville Leafs Carolina League 65-74 6th Washington Senators
1953 Scranton Miners Eastern League 51-100 8th Washington Senators

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