Simmy Murch

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Simmy Murch
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Born: (1880-11-21)November 21, 1880
Castine, Maine
Died: June 6, 1939(1939-06-06) (aged 58)
Exeter, New Hampshire
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 1904, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1908, for the Brooklyn Superbas
MLB statistics
Games played 23
Batting average .141
Runs batted in 1

Simeon Augustus Murch (November 21, 1880 – June 6, 1939) was a professional baseball infielder. He played parts of three seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Superbas. Murch was 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds.[1]


Murch was born in Castine, Maine, in 1880. He started his professional baseball career with the New England League's Haverhill Hustlers in 1902. Murch had batting averages of .237 in that year and .288 in the next.[2] In November 1903, he was married to Gertrude McAdams.[3]

Murch then signed with the National League's St. Louis Cardinals before the 1904 season.[4] However, he injured his hand while playing basketball, and he was unable to report to the Cardinals that spring.[5][6] Murch recovered by April but started the season in the New England League.[7] In July, The Telegraph wrote that he was "the sensation of the league at second base."[8] He batted .245 in 94 games and joined the Cardinals late in the season. In 13 major league games, he batted .137 with 1 run batted in.[1]

In 1905, Murch played four games for St. Louis, batted .111, and returned to the New England League.[1][2] The following winter, he roller skated and was an official at a Boston rink.[9] Murch then batted .269 for the Manchester Textiles in 1906 and turned an unassisted triple play.[2][10] In July 1906, Sporting Life wrote that he "comes pretty near being one of the most valuable all-around men in the league."[11] In 1907, he led the league with four home runs.[12] He was purchased by the Brooklyn Superbas in August, and the following year, he received his final shot in the majors. He batted .182 in six games for Brooklyn before returning to the New England League again and batting .227 there.[1][2]

Murch rebounded in 1909. Playing for the Brockton Tigers, he batted .313 to set a career-high in batting average and also led the league with 144 hits.[2][13] Murch moved up to the class A American Association in 1910 but batted just .230, and he finished his professional baseball career back in the New England League in 1912.[2]

After retiring as a player, Murch coached at Middlebury College for three years and then at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1923 until his death in 1939.[1][10]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Simmy Murch Statistics and History". Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Simmy Murch Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Morse, Jacob C. "Rejection Certain". Sporting Life. December 5, 1903. p. 3.
  4. ^ "Sports". Reading Eagle. January 29, 1904.
  5. ^ Morse, Jacob C. "Hub Happenings". Sporting Life. March 26, 1904. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Sporting Gossip of Interest to All. Nashua Daily Telegraph. April 23, 1904.
  7. ^ "Murch Ready to Play". The Pittsburgh Press. April 23, 1904.
  8. ^ "Baseball Notes". The Telegraph. July 8, 1904.
  9. ^ "New England League". Sporting Life. February 17, 1906. p. 5.
  10. ^ a b "Simmy Murch's Obituary". The Sporting News. June 15, 1939.
  11. ^ "New England". Sporting Life. July 21, 1906. p. 13.
  12. ^ "1907 New England League Batting Leaders". Retrieved October 27, 2011.
  13. ^ "1909 New England League Batting Leaders". Retrieved October 27, 2011.

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