John Edward “Eddie” Murphy
Born: October 2, 1891 - Hancock, NY
Died: February 21, 1969 - Dunmore, PA
Career BA: .287
Philadelphia Athletics AL (October 2, 1891 - February 21, 1969)
Chicago White Sox AL (1915–1921)
Pittsburgh Pirates NL (1926)
When you think of the 1919 Chicago White Sox, words like deceitful, embarrassing and dishonest come to mind. It becomes a bit unfair to the majority of players on that team who did not participate in the shenanigans that took place during that infamous World Series. One such player even earned his nickname because he had absolutely nothing to do with the scandal. Because of his non-participation, Eddie Murphy was given the nickname “Honest Eddie.”
As a young man, Murphy attended Villanova University and played for several local Minor League teams in Pennsylvania. With a good bat and decent speed, he was signed by Connie Macks’ Athletics and quickly established himself in the outfield. Murphy played in the World Series in 1913 and 1914 and had two good seasons batting .295 and .272 respectively. World Series Champs in 1913, the A’s were swept by the Braves in 1914. After Mack dismantled the team in 1915, Murphy was dealt to the White Sox where he played a utility role for the next seven years. In 1919, he got one more chance to play in a World Series, but of course it happened to be the most famous (or infamous) Series in baseball history.
“Honest Eddie” finished out his career with the Pirates in 1926 after a five-year run with the Columbus Senators in the American Association. He later managed in the minors in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Today a glass bat hangs in the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, NY, as a tribute to Eddie Murphy. The regulation-sized, cut-glass bat was commissioned by the manager of the White Mills, PA, team Murphy played for in 1907 and 1908. It was presented to Murphy before the second game of the 1913 World Series as a token of appreciation for his baseball achievements.
– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html