Joe Marshall

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Joe Marshall
Home Run Joe Marshall.jpg
Born: (1876-02-19)February 19, 1876
Audubon, Minnesota
Died: September 11, 1931(1931-09-11) (aged 55)
Santa Monica, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 1903, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
August 17, 1906, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .178
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 9

Joseph Hanley Marshall (February 19, 1876 – September 11, 1931), nicknamed "Home Run Joe",[1] was an outfielder in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He also played 12 years in the minor leagues. Marshall stood at 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and weighed 170 lbs.[1]


Joseph Marshall was born in Audubon, Minnesota.[1] He started his professional baseball career in 1897, in the Red River Valley League.[2] He played on the Montana State League's Helena Senators in early 1900 but was then traded to the Great Falls Indians for one player and US$200. The player he was traded for was future Hall of Famer Joe Tinker.[3][4] The following season, Marshall went to the Spokane Blue Stockings of the Pacific Northwest League. He was a shortstop for the only time in his career and fielded at a .848 clip, but he also batted .291 and slugged 15 home runs. In 1902, he raised his batting average to .309 but hit just 6 homers.[2]

1903 was Marshall's big year. Playing for the San Francisco Pirates of the Pacific National League, he batted .343 with a league-leading 25 home runs. The home run total was more than double of any other player in the league.[5] He also led the circuit in slugging percentage (.601) and total bases (282)[5] and was the overall "minor league slugging champion" that year.[6]

Marshall was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates towards the end of the season, and he made his major league debut on September 7. In 10 games, he went 6 for 23 (.261) with 2 runs batted in.[1] The Pirates won the National League pennant and faced the Boston Americans in the 1903 World Series. Marshall was in the teams' dugout during the series[7] but did not play, and the Pirates lost in eight games.[8]

Marshall returned to the Pacific National League in 1904 and hit .345. His 10 homers ranked second overall.[9] He then played for the Northwestern League's Vancouver Veterans in 1905. By this time, he was being referred to as "Home Run Joe Marshall" by Sporting Life.[10] He hit .298 with a league-leading 7 home runs that season (again more than double the total of any other player).[11] However, he quit the team in late August, saying that he was "done with base ball."[12]

The following season, Marshall was back in baseball, this time with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played in 33 games and batted .158 with 0 home runs and 2 RBI. His final major league appearance was on August 17, 1906.[1] In 1907, Marshall returned to the Pacific Northwest League but batted just .197 in 17 games. In 1909, he moved down to the Class D Inter-Mountain League and hit .231.[2]

Marshall then spent 1911 through 1913 with the Union Association's Butte Miners.[2] He had his last good season in 1911, when he batted .320 and finished second in the league in both home runs (12) and slugging percentage (.548).[13] After hitting .275 in 1913, he retired from professional baseball. Overall, Marshall collected 991 hits, including 79 homers, in 825 career minor league games.[2] He played in 43 major league games and did not hit a single home run.[1]

Marshall died in 1931 in Santa Monica, California. He was buried in Rosedale Cemetery.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Joe Marshall Statistics and History". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Joe Marshall Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  3. ^ Jacobsen, Lenny. "Joe Tinker". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  4. ^ Golenbock, Peter. Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs (Macmillan, 1999), p. 98.
  5. ^ a b "1903 Pacific National League Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  6. ^ "The Baseball Research Journal"., 1999. Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  7. ^ Stout, Glenn and Johnson, Richard A. Red Sox Century: The Definitive History of Baseball's Most Storied Franchise (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005), p. 45.
  8. ^ "1903 World Series - Boston Americans over Pittsburgh Pirates (5-3)". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  9. ^ "1904 Pacific National League Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  10. ^ "The Simple Life". Sporting Life, June 17, 1905, p. 17.
  11. ^ "1905 Northwestern League Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-12-20.
  12. ^ "Northwestern League". Sporting Life, August 26, 1905, p. 17.
  13. ^ "1911 Union Association Batting Leaders". Retrieved 2010-12-20.

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