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Church. Bill Lee was married to my cousin, Kit Treible, and I had some really good conversations on baseball with him over the years. He played in 18 games for the St. Louis Browns in 1915 and one game in 1916. Bill Lee, whose main position was catcher, played several years in the Pacific Coast league and appears in two of the scarce Zeenuts peanuts sets, the 1917 and 1919 ones. Bill spent his later years residing at 207 N. Broad St. in West Hazleton. He was a classy gentleman and great all around sportsman. He was a top of the line basketball coach in New jersey. He won a state championship for Bayonne High School. I believe the year was 1950. “Honest Eddie” Murphy was born October 2, 1891 in Hancock , New Jersey and died February 21, 1969 in Dunmore, Pa. He lived many years in White Mills, Pa. Murphy had a much more illustrious career than the previous players mentioned. He appeared in 760 Major League games with a career .287 average. Murphy played 11 years in the Majors mainly with Connie Mack’s Athletics and the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in three World Series, in 1913 and 14 with the Philadelphia A’s and in 1919 with the infamous Chicago Black Sox who were accused of throwing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds for whom Jake Daubert of Shamokin played. Murphy acquired the nickname “Honest Eddie” because he was not

involved in throwing the Series. Eight members of the White Sox led by “Chick” Gandil, the first baseman, conspired to throw the Series because miserly owner, Charles Comiskey was one of the lowest paying owners despite the White Sox having good teams. The eight players included superstar, Joe Jackson, who is third behind Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby for career batting average at .356 and pitching star Eddie Cicotte one of the top hurlers of his era. The players were eventually acquitted by a jury in 1921 but were not allowed to play in the Majors again. The book Eight Men Out in 1963 by Eliot Asinof and a very popular 1988 movie based on the book relate the story of banning of the players. References: • The Baseball Encyclopedia, Macmillan • The Schuykill County Baseball History • Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards • SABR • Article given to me by the Buchman Family, relatives of “Honest Eddie” Murphy • My Own Baseball cards and knowledge of Baseball cards Rev. Connell A. McHugh is currently Pastor of Good Shepherd, Drums, Pa. he can be reached at 570-788-3141 or 570-4545058. E-mail is: revmchugh@ptd.net.

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than photos, and at times, the drawings fail to resemble the player closely. Chris Fulmer is shown on the front of the card in a baseball uniform, chest protector and glove poised to receive a throw. His last name, position and team (Baltimore) are listed on the front of the card. On the back of the card is advertising which refers to Gold Coin chewing tobacco and that leading baseball players in the country are depicted on the enclosed cards along with chewing tobacco. 143 cards are in the Gold Coin set. Over the years, I tried to find a card of Chris Fulmer on the Internet but came up totally empty. To my great surprise, the sports auction house that is my favorite, and with whom I deal the most, Kevin Savage Cards from Maumee, Ohio recently put up a Gold Coin card of Chris Fulmer in its auction. I celebrated Mardi Gras and Shrove Tuesday by being the winning bidder in my first opportunity to acquire the Chris Fulmer card. In researching Fulmer, I found several sources that credited Chris Fulmer with designing the first primitive catcher’s mitt. The sources contend that Fulmer produced the first catcher’s mitt in 1888 while playing for the Baltimore Orioles. As stated, Fulmer died in Tamaqua on November 9, 1931. He is buried in St. Jerome’s Cemetery in Tamaqua. One of the rarer regional cards I have is a 1912 Imperial Tobacco one of Brad Kocher of White Haven, graded VG/EX by SGC. The set is that of players in the Canadian League. While not as scarce as that of Chris Fulmer, I rarely see this card offered by dealers or on ebay. Brad Kocher was born January 16, 1888 in White Haven and died there on January 13, 1965. Kocher had short stints with Detroit in 1912 and the New York Giants in 1915 and 1916. He had 25 hits in 139 career at bats for a .180 average. Brad Kocher is buried in St. John’s Cemetery in St. John’s, Pa. Wiliam Joseph Lee was born January 9, 1892 in Bayonne, New Jersey and died January 6, 1984 in West Hazleton. I offered the funeral Mass on January 9th in St. Francis of Assisi

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