Eddie Murphy (baseball)

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Eddie Murphy
Right fielder
Born: (1891-10-02)October 2, 1891
Hancock, New York
Died: February 21, 1969(1969-02-21) (aged 77)
Dunmore, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 26, 1912, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 1926, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average .287
Home runs 4
Runs 195
Career highlights and awards

John Edward "Eddie" Murphy (October 2, 1891 – February 21, 1969), nicknamed "Honest Eddie," was an American baseball player who played for three different Major League teams. In his 11-year career, Murphy played for the Philadelphia Athletics, the Chicago White Sox, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He appeared in three World Series. His first two were with the Athletics in 1913 and 1914 World Series. Murphy appeared in the 1919 World Series as a member of the Chicago White Sox, a series best known for the Black Sox Scandal.[1]

Professional baseball career

Murphy began his professional baseball career with the Baltimore Orioles of the Eastern League, later named the International League. On August 24, 1912, the Orioles traded Murphy and Jimmy Walsh to the Philadelphia Athletics for Bris Lord, Claud Derrick, and cash.[2]

Murphy played in his first major league game on August 26, 1912. During his first season, he posted a batting average of .317 over 33 games.[3] During the 1913 season, he became a "regular" in the outfield and participated in the A's World Series contest against the New York Giants.[3] In 1915, the Chicago White Sox purchased his contract. Murphy played the remainder of the 1915 and the next six seasons for the White Sox.[4]

In 1919, Murphy appeared in 30 games and hit for a .486 batting average.[4] That year, the White Sox made the World Series. It was an infamous series, and as a result of the Black Sox Scandal, six members of the White Sox were banned from Major League Baseball; Murphy was not one of those players.[5] Consequently, he was given the nickname "Honest Eddie."[6]

Murphy ended his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1926. In 11 years, he had 680 hits, 111 stolen bases, and a .287 life-time batting average.


  1. Kashatus (2002), pp. 92–94.
  2. baseball-reference.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kashatus (2002), p. 92.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kashatus (2002), p. 93.
  5. Kashatus (2002), pp. 93–94.
  6. "Honest Eddie Murphy". Retrieved 2007-05-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • Kashatus, William C. (2002). Diamonds in the Coalfields: 21 Remarkable Baseball Players, Managers, and Umpires from Northeast Pennsylvania. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-1176-4.

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