Sunday, June 25, 2017

MAJOR LEAGUE FOUNDERS: JOHN MORRILL 1876-1976

Here’s the next “Founders” card in the long-running series of mine, this one of former Boston Red Stocking John Morrill:


A man who every position during the course of his 15-year career, he was predominantly a first baseman, playing all but one season for Boston, including his final season in the Players League in 1890 playing for the Boston Reds.
Playing his 1st pro season in 1876, the inaugural National League season that gave birth to the current Major Leagues, Morrill, batted .263 while mainly handling second base and catcher.
He would finish his career with a .260 batting average, while collecting 1275 hits over 4912 at-bats in 1265 games.
He would also manage the Red Stockings between 1882 and 1888 (now the Beaneaters), while also managing the Washington Nationals in 1889, finishing his managerial career with a 335 and 296 record, winning the Pennant in 1883.

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