McMullin in 1919
October 13, 1891|
|Died: November 20, 1952
Los Angeles, California
|August 27, 1914, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 20, 1920, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||70|
McMullin was born in Scammon, Kansas in 1891. He began his major league career on August 27, 1914, as a shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. He spent most of 1912–1915 in the minors before making the Chicago White Sox team in 1916. In 1917, he won the World Series with Chicago, while batting .125 in six games against the New York Giants.
McMullin was only a utility infielder for the 1919 AL Champion White Sox, and as such he didn't play enough to have much potential for throwing games (he recorded just two plate appearances in the eight-game series). However, he became a part of the conspiracy when he overheard several other players' conversations and threatened to report them unless included.
McMullin was also Chicago's advance scout for the World Series, which may explain how and why he earned an equal share in the winnings ($5,000) from the fix. It is entirely probable that, as a means to cover himself and his co-conspirators, McMullin delivered a flawed scouting report to all the "clean" Sox about what to expect from Cincinnati's pitchers. A look at the statistics shows little disparity between Black Sox and Clean Sox; for example, ringleader Chick Gandil batted .233 to future Hall of Famer Eddie Collins' .226.
Later years and death
McMullin kept quiet about the fix for his whole life. Fred held a variety of jobs throughout his life such as a carpenter, office jobs, traffic manager and Los Angeles County deputy marshal. His last years featured him suffering from arteriosclerosis. On November 19, 1952, just over a month after his 61st birthday, he had a fatal stroke. His official time of death was at 4:40 P.M on November 20. He was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery.