Morris Charles “Morrie” Rath

Morris Charles “Morrie” Rath

Mobeetie, Wheeler County, Texas, USA
Death 18 Nov 1945 (aged 58)
Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Drexel Hill, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Lawnview Section, Lot 946, Grave 3
Memorial ID 6792776 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Player. Played Major League baseball as a second and third baseman for 6 seasons (1909 to 1910, 1912 to 1913, 1919 to 1920) with the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. Although he played his first Major League game in 1909 and his last 11 years later in 1920, he spent more time struggling in the Minor Leagues than he did Majors, due to his inability to consistently hit Major League pitching until late in his career. Coming up with the Athletics for 7 games in 1909, he played 18 more games for them in 1910 before he was shipped off to Cleveland. After hitting less than .200 for both teams, he was let go by the Indians at season’s end. In 1912 he resurfaced with the Chicago White Sox, where he won their starting second baseman’s job. He hit a respectable .272 as their lead-off hitter, and led all AL second baseman in fielding percentage and assists. Significantly, although he had only 19 RBIs, he scored 104 Runs and had 30 stolen bases. His next year with the White Sox saw his average plummet to .200, and he was again release at the end of a season. After toiling in the Minors for the next 5 years (and spending a year in the US Navy during World War I) he was brought up by the Reds in 1919 as their starting second baseman. He responded with a great year in the field (leading NL second baseman in double plays, chances, assists and putouts) while hitting .264 with 29 RBIs and 77 Runs. His efforts helped propel the Reds to their first National League Pennant and an appearance in the World Series against his former White Sox team. As the Reds lead-off batter in Game 1, he was hit by pitcher Eddie Cicotte, which turned out to be the sign to gamblers that members of the White Sox team had agreed to throw the Series. Morrie Rath played in all 8 of the Series games, batting .226 with seven hits as the Reds won the Series 5 Games to 3. The team’s triumph was forever tainted with the revelation of the “Black Sox” scandal. The next year he hit .267 and led all NL second baseman in fielding percentage, but his on-base average dropped greatly. The Reds released him at season’s end, ending his career. His career totals were 565 Games Played, 521 Hits, 291 Runs, 4 Home Runs, 92 RBIs, and a career .254 Batting Average. He settled in Philadelphia, and ran a sporting goods store. However, he was given to bouts of depression, and committed suicide in his residence in 1945.

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