Morrie Rath Essentials

Positions:
Bats: L Throws: R
68 Weight: 160
Born: 12 25, 1886 in Mobeetie, TX USA
Died: 11 18 1945 in Upper Darby, PA USA
Debut: 9/28/1909
Last Game: 10/3/1920
Full Name: Morris Charles Rath

 

In 1909 Morrie Rath debuted with the Philadelphia A’s and had 26 at bats. He duplicated that number of at bats in 1910 before being traded to Cleveland with a player to be named later which would be Shoeless Joe Jackson. He had 67 at bats with the Naps. He was taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Chicago White Sox after spending the 1911 season in the minors.

In 1912 he was the starting second baseman for the southsiders. He led the majors in games played and plate appearances and led second basemen in assists and fielding percentage. He batted .272 with a .380 obp and 31 stolen bases. He batted .200/.310 in 356 plate appearances in 1913. He spent the next several years in the minors. In December 1917 with World War I raging in Europe, Rath enlisted in the naval reserve.

In 1919 Rath was brought to the Reds to compete for a middle infield position. 6 years after his previous major league at bat he had won the club’s second base position. Rath led in the league doubleplays, putouts, assists that season while batting .264. In the World Series, Rath would leadoff and be a footnote in history as notorious control pitcher Edde Cicotte hit him with the first pitch indicating the fix was in. Rath batted .226 in the Series. In 1920 he batted .267 and led the league in fielding percentage. It was his last season in the majors. He passed away in 1945.