John Morrill or John Morrell born in Boston, Mass. USA on February 19, 1855 ... Died in Boston on April 2, 1932
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A product of the streets of Boston, John Morrill became a hometown hero at the tender age of 21 when he outperformed the veteran catchers while playing for the Picked Nine amateurs in the annual Fast Day Game.
Honest John Morrill, a versatile sort who could play every position except pitcher, was signed to a five-year contract with Boston in 1876. A gifted defensive player, he led National League third basemen in fielding in 1879 and was the best percentage fielder among first baseman in 1883 and 1887. As a hitter, Morrill could only manage a .260 lifetime average in 15 pro seasons.
John Morrill was named captain of the Boston team in 1879 and took over as player-manager in 1882. During the 1883 season he led the club during a second-half surge that included 33 wins in 44 games, clinching his only pennant. Morrill batted .319 that year—a career best.
When Morrill refused to captain the Picked Nine for the 1889 Fast Day Game he was sold to Washington the very next day (along with shortstop Sam Wise). Upon his return to Boston on June 13, John Morrill was given a five minute standing ovation by the adoring Beantown faithful. Plagued by a broken finger, Morrill was released one month later and retired after appearing in only two games for the Boston Brotherhood team the next season.
Baseball Cards courtesy of Library of Congress
John Morrill - Buchner Gold Coin Baseball Card (N284)
John Morrell - Old Judge Baseball Card
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