Ezra Midkiff

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Ezra Midkiff
Midkiff 1913 Yankees.jpg
Third Baseman
Born: (1882-11-13)November 13, 1882
Salt Rock, West Virginia
Died: March 20, 1957(1957-03-20) (aged 74)
Huntington, West Virginia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
October 5, 1909, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
August 6, 1913, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting average .207
Hits 77
Home runs 0

Ezra Millington "Salt Rock" Midkiff (November 13, 1882 – March 20, 1957) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played in 1909 with the Cincinnati Reds and in 1912 and 1913 with the New York Highlanders (renamed the New York Yankees for the 1913 season). Midkiff was nicknamed "Salt Rock" due to his birthplace of Salt Rock, West Virginia.

Major League career[edit]

Midkiff, seated 2nd from right on middle row, in a team picture for the New York Yankees in 1913.

Midkiff was 26 years old when he made his Major League debut on October 5, 1909, with the Cincinnati Reds.[1] After spending time in the minor leagues, Midkiff was acquired by the Highlanders from the San Antonio Bronchos of the Texas League in 1912. Midkiff spent 1913 as the starting third baseman for the Yankees, but Fritz Maisel took the job midway through the season, and Midkiff was sold to the minor league Baltimore Orioles in August.

Minor league career[edit]

In 1914, Midkiff was a teammate of Babe Ruth before Ruth came to the majors.[1] After parts of two seasons in Baltimore, Midkiff ended the 1914 season with the Louisville Colonels of the American Association.

In May 1915, Midkiff was named the Colonels' manager. Midkiff, who was at the time suffering from a broken ankle, was named Manager of the club in place of John F. Hayden.[2] At the end of the season, Midkiff was let go, and signed with the Memphis Chickasaws of the Southern Association. He continued to play in the minor leagues until 1921, and as late as 1940 managed the Huntington Aces of the class-D Mountain State League.


Midkiff died on March 20, 1957 in Huntington, West Virginia.


  1. ^ a b "Ezra Midkiff Baseball Almanac". Baseball Almanac. 
  2. ^ "Midkiff Named Louisville Manager" (PDF). New York Times, May 25, 1915. May 25, 1915. 

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