Rabbit Maranville

Walter James Vincent "Rabbit" Maranville (November 11, 1891 – January 6, 1954) was an American professional baseball shortstop, second baseman and manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Robins, and St. Louis Cardinals between 1912 and 1934. At the time of his retirement in 1935, he had played in a record 23 seasons in the National League, a mark which wasn't broken until 1986 by Pete Rose.[1]

Rabbit Maranville
Rabbit Maranville 1914
Shortstop / Second baseman / Manager
Born: November 11, 1891
Springfield, Massachusetts
Died: January 6, 1954 (aged 62)
Woodside, Queens, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 10, 1912, for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1935, for the Boston Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average.258
Home runs28
Runs batted in884
As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Vote82.94% (14th ballot)


Maranville finished third in the MVP voting in his first full season, playing for the Boston Braves as a 21-year-old in 1913 even though his batting average was just .247 in 143 games with two homers. The following year, Maranville was the runner-up in the MVP voting to teammate Johnny Evers as the Braves won the National League pennant and then went on to sweep the powerful Philadelphia A's in the World Series. That year, Maranville was the Braves' cleanup hitter, despite batting just .246 and hitting four home runs. Even at age 41, when Maranville batted .218 in 143 games and hit no homers, he finished in a tie for 12th in the MVP voting.

Goudey baseball card of Walter "Rabbit" Maranville, 1933

Over a lengthy career which spanned both the dead ball and live-ball era, Maranville played for the Boston Braves (1912–1920, 1929–1933, 1935), Pittsburgh Pirates (1921–1924), Chicago Cubs (1925), Brooklyn Robins (1926) and St. Louis Cardinals (1927–1928). He retired having compiled a .258 batting average, 2,605 hits, 1,255 runs, 28 home runs, 884 RBI and 291 stolen bases. As a shortstop, he finished his career with a positional record 5,139 putouts.[2] He won his only World Series championship in 1914 as a member of the Braves, and won his only other National League championship in 1928 as a member of the Cardinals.

Maranville was known as one of "baseball's most famous clowns" due to his practical jokes and lack of inhibitions.[3] When he was appointed manager of the Chicago Cubs in 1925—one of their worst seasons ever—he did not change his behavior. One night he went through a Pullman car dumping water on sleeping players' heads, saying, "No sleeping under Maranville management, especially at night." Not long after that, he was out on the street outside Ebbets Field in Brooklyn mimicking a newsboy hawking papers. He cried out, "Read all about it! Maranville fired!" And so he was—the next day.[4]

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Rabbit Maranville (center) as manager of the Montreal Royals between two players, 1938

Following the end of his playing career, Maranville turned to managing, including stints as a minor league manager for Montreal Royals, at Albany, Elmira, and Springfield, Massachusetts.[5]

In later years he worked as the director of a baseball school sponsored by the New York Journal-American newspaper.[5]

Death and legacy

Rabbit Maranville was felled by a heart attack shortly after midnight on January 6, 1954 at his home in Woodside, New York.[5] Death was nearly instantaneous.[5] He was 62 years old.

Maranville was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954, just months after his death, along with Bill Terry and Bill Dickey, in his 14th year of eligibility.

See also


  1. ^ "Rabbit Maranville Statistics and History". "baseball-reference.com. Retrieved on 2017-05-14.
  2. ^ Pietrusza, David; Matthew Silverman; Gershman, Michael (2000). Baseball: The Biographical Encyclopedia. New York: Total Sports. pp. 707–708. ISBN 1-892129-34-5.
  3. ^ James, Bill (April 6, 2003). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. New York: Free Press. pp. 615–617. ISBN 0743227220.
  4. ^ Nash, B. & Zullo, A. The Baseball Hall of Shame 3, 1987; p. 134
  5. ^ a b c d "Rabbit Maranville Dies at 62; Sparkplug of '14 'Miracle' Braves," Brooklyn Eagle, vol. 113, no. 5 (January 6, 1954), pp. 1, 15.

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1914 Boston Braves season

The 1914 Boston Braves season was the 44th season of the franchise. The team finished first in the National League, winning the pennant by 10½ games over the New York Giants after being in last place in the NL at midseason. The team, which became known as the 1914 Miracle Braves, went on to sweep the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1914 World Series.

1925 Chicago Cubs season

The 1925 Chicago Cubs season was the 54th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 50th in the National League and the 10th at Wrigley Field (then known as "Cubs Park"). The Cubs finished eighth and last in the National League with a record of 68–86.

1925 Major League Baseball season

The 1925 Major League Baseball season.

1926 Brooklyn Robins season

The 1926 Brooklyn Robins season was the 18th and final season for long–time team star Zack Wheat.

1928 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1928 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 47th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 37th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 95–59 during the season and finished first in the National League. In the World Series, they were swept by the New York Yankees.

1930 Boston Braves season

The 1930 Boston Braves season was the 60th season of the franchise.

1932 Boston Braves season

The 1932 Boston Braves season was the 62nd season of the franchise.

1933 Boston Braves season

The 1933 Boston Braves season was the 63rd season of the franchise.

1954 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1954 followed a system practically the same as in 1952 because the new Veterans Committee was meeting only in odd-number years (until 1962).

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent players and elected three: Bill Dickey, Rabbit Maranville, and Bill Terry.

Buckshot May

William Herbert "Buckshot" May (December 13, 1899 – March 15, 1984) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who appeared in one game for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1924. The 24-year-old right-hander stood 6'2" and weighed 169 lbs.

On May 9, 1924, May came in to pitch the top of the 9th inning in a home game against the Boston Braves at Forbes Field. He pitched a scoreless inning, with one strikeout, but the Pirates lost 10-7. His lifetime ERA stands at 0.00.

His manager was future Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie. Other notable teammates who would one day be members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were Max Carey, Kiki Cuyler, Rabbit Maranville, and Pie Traynor.

May died in his hometown of Bakersfield, California at the age of 84.

Cotton Tierney

James Arthur "Cotton" Tierney (February 10, 1894 – April 18, 1953) was an American professional baseball second baseman and third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates,

Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Braves, and Brooklyn Robins between 1920 and 1925. Tierney was born in Kansas City, Kansas.

George Grantham

George Farley "Boots" Grantham (May 20, 1900 – March 16, 1954) was a Major League second baseman who played for the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants between 1922 and 1934.

He attended Flagstaff High School and Northern Arizona University. After making his debut for the Cubs in the final week of the 1922 season, Grantham became their everyday second baseman in 1923, playing in a career-high 151 games and stealing 43 bases.

Grantham hit over .300 every season from 1924 to 1931. During the same span, his on-base percentage was .408. He was traded by the Cubs after the 1924 season to the Pirates in a six-player swap that sent future Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville to Chicago, switching over to first base. With Pittsburgh, he appeared in the 1925 and 1927 World Series. He hit .364 in the '27 Series against what some consider the greatest Major League team of all time, the '27 Yankees.

In 1930 he hit .324, setting career highs in hits (179), RBIs (99), and runs scored (120).

In 1,444 career games, Grantham had 1,508 hits with 105 home runs, 712 RBIs and a lifetime average of .302.

List of Major League Baseball career assists leaders

In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being one of the few sports in which the defensive team controls the ball. An assist is credited to every defensive player who fields or touches the ball (after it has been hit by the batter) prior to the recording of a putout, even if the contact was unintentional. For example, if a ball strikes a player's leg and bounces off him to another fielder, who tags the baserunner, the first player is credited with an assist. A fielder can receive a maximum of one assist per out recorded. An assist is also credited if a putout would have occurred, had another fielder not committed an error. For example, a shortstop might field a ground ball cleanly, but the first baseman might drop his throw. In this case, an error would be charged to the first baseman, and the shortstop would be credited with an assist.

Rabbit Maranville is the all-time leader with 8,967 career assists. Ozzie Smith (8,375), Cal Ripken Jr. (8,214), Bill Dahlen (8,138), Omar Vizquel (8,050), and Luis Aparicio (8,016) are the only other players to record more than 8,000 career assists.

List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a shortstop leaders

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball or softball fielding position between second and third base, which is considered to be among the most demanding defensive positions. The position is mostly filled by defensive specialists, so shortstops are generally relatively poor batters who bat later in the batting order, with some exceptions. In the numbering system used by scorers to record defensive plays, the shortstop is assigned the number 6.

Rabbit Maranville is the all-time leader in career putouts as a shortstop with 5,139. Maranville is the only shortstop to record more than 5,000 career putouts.

Rabbit (nickname)

Rabbit or The Rabbit is a nickname given to:

Wayne Bartholomew (born 1954), Australian surfer

Isabella Bennett (born 1986), American steampunk musician

Wes Bradshaw (1897–1960), American football player and coach

Rabbit Brown (c. 1880–c. 1937), American blues guitarist and composer

John Bundrick (born 1948), American rock musician

Raymond Burnett (1914–1996), American football player and coach

Johnny Hodges (1906–1970), American jazz saxophonist

Miller Huggins (1879–1929), American Major League Baseball player and manager

Otis Lawry (1893–1965), American Major League Baseball player

Rabbit Maranville (1891–1954), American Major League Baseball player

Edna Murray (1898–1966), American criminal

Eric Parsons (1923–2011), English footballer

Jimmy Slagle (1873–1956), American Major League Baseball player

Ryland Steen, drummer known as "The Rabbit"

Jackie Tavener (1897–1969), American Major League Baseball player

Rabbit Warstler (1903–1964), American Major League Baseball player

Rabbit Whitman (1897–1969), American minor league baseball player

Ray Mowe

Raymond Benjamin Mowe (July 12, 1889 – August 14, 1968) was a professional baseball player who played shortstop in five games for the 1913 Brooklyn Dodgers.Ray Mowe had 9 at-bats, 1 hit, 1 strike out, 1 time hit by pitch and 2 sacrifice hits.

As shortstop defensively: 7 put outs, 8 assists, 1 error and 1 double play; .941 fielding.

The regular shortstop for Brooklyn was Rabbit Maranville.


Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball or softball fielding position between second and third base, which is considered to be among the most demanding defensive positions. Historically the position was assigned to defensive specialists who were typically poor at batting and were often placed at the bottom of the batting order. Today shortstops are often able to hit well and many are placed at the top of the lineup. In the numbering system used by scorers to record defensive plays, the shortstop is assigned the number 6.

More hit balls go to the shortstop than to any other position, as there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the ball slightly. Like a second baseman, a shortstop must be agile, for example when performing a 4-6-3 double play. Also, like a third baseman, the shortstop fields balls hit to the left side of the infield, where a strong arm is needed to throw out a batter-runner before they reach the safety of first base.

Tom Lovelace

Thomas Rivers Lovelace (October 19, 1897 – July 12, 1979) was an American professional baseball player. Lovelace played in the minor leagues for 11 years, from 1920 to 1932, and played in one Major League Baseball game with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1922.Lovelace was born in Wolfe City, Texas on October 19, 1897. He made his Minor League debut in 1920 as an outfielder for the Ranger Nitros of the West Texas League. He had a .267 batting average in 102 games for the Nitros. In 1922, Lovelace split time with the Greenville Togs and the Dallas Steers. He hit .332 for both teams in 146 games.

On September 5, 1922, while playing for Dallas, Lovelace was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. On September 23, 1922, the Pirates were playing the Brooklyn Robins in the first game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. In the top of the 9th inning, with the Pirates down 9–5, Lovelace pinch hit for pitcher Hal Carlson. With a runner, Charlie Grimm, on first, Lovelace lined out to the Robins' second baseman Ivy Olson. Rabbit Maranville grounded out to first base for the final out of the game, and the Robins won 9–5. It was the only major league game of his career because he broke his leg sliding in to base.Lovelace continued to play with various minor league teams until 1932. He finished with a career .309 batting average in the minors in 914 games. He died on July 12, 1979 in Dallas, Texas and was cremated.

Walter Barbare

Walter Lawrence Barbare (August 11, 1891 – October 28, 1965) was a third baseman/shortstop who played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Boston Braves.

In an eight-season career, Barbare was a .260 hitter with one home run and 156 RBI in 500 games played.

A solid infielder with a strong arm and a light bat, Barbare was a utility man with the Indians, Red Sox and Pirates in a span of six seasons. In 1921 he was sent to the Braves in the same trade that brought star shortstop Rabbit Maranville to Pittsburgh, and he responded with a career year, hitting .302 in 134 games.

Following his retirement as a player, Barbare served as a manager and umpire in the minor leagues.

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