Simon Nicholls (baseball)

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Simon Nicholls
Born: (1882-07-18)July 18, 1882
Germantown, Maryland
Died: March 12, 1911(1911-03-12) (aged 28)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 18, 1903, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
April 25, 1910, for the Cleveland Naps
MLB statistics
Batting average .251
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 58

Simon Burdette Nicholls (July 18, 1882 – March 12, 1911) was a Major League Baseball shortstop who played for six seasons. A native of Boyds, Maryland, he attended the Maryland Agricultural College. He was signed as an emergency replacement by the Detroit Tigers during a road trip to Washington in 1903 and played both games of a doubleheader for the Tigers. He was a member of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1906 to 1909, and was the team's primary shortstop in 1907 and 1908. He appeared for the Cleveland Naps in only three games at the beginning of the 1910 season. He spent most of that season with the minor-league Baltimore Orioles and was named the team's captain. He died of complications from typhoid fever in Baltimore before the beginning of the 1911 season.

Personal life[edit]

Simon Burdette Nicholls was born on July 18, 1882, in Germantown, Maryland, the older of two sons born to George (1848–1919) and Courtney (Burdette) (1846–1887) Nicholls. He had one younger brother, Roger Darby Nicholls (1885–1966), a native of Gaithersburg, Maryland. His father raised Simon and Roger on the family farm after Courtney died when Simon was five and Roger was two.

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