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John Murray

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

John Joseph “Red” Murray

Born: March 4, 1884 - Arnot, PA
Died: December 4, 1958 - Sayre, PA
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: OF
Career BA: .270

St. Louis Cardinals NL (March 4, 1884 - December 4, 1958)
New York Giants NL (1909–1915, 1917)
Chicago Cubs NL (1915)

John “Red” Murray was a player’s player. He is one of only three players to twice finish in the top five in both home runs and stolen bases. The other two to accomplish this feat were Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. In 1907 Murray hit a 471-foot blast, an absolutely incredible feat considering it was the dead-ball era. He played on four pennant-winning Giants teams and was the home run champ in 1909. He is tied with Honus Wagner for the most MLB home runs from 1907 to 1909 (21). Defensively, Murray was considered one of the best right fielders in the league. With a rifle for an arm, he led the league in assists on several occasions. Although not as famous as Speaker, Cobb, and the rest, Murray certainly would have a place on most All-Star teams. After retiring from the game, Murray settled in Elmira, New York, where he owned a tire store and was recreation director for 18 years. He was inducted into the Elmira Baseball Hall of Fame in 1961.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
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