Tim Murnane

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Tim Murnane
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First baseman/Outfielder
Born:(1851-06-04)June 4, 1851
Naugatuck, Connecticut
Died: February 7, 1917(1917-02-07) (aged 65)
Boston, Massachusetts
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 26, 1872, for the  Middletown Mansfields
Last MLB appearance
October 19, 1884, for the  Boston Reds

After his career in uniform, Murnane served as president of the minor league New England League and Eastern League, and went on to a 30-year career as a sportswriter and baseball editor with The Boston Globe .


Murnane died in 1917 at age 65 of a heart attack while attending the opera at the Schubert Theatre in Boston. [5] News reports said his death came only about 30 minutes after he had written his daily sports column for the Globe. He was originally buried in the Old Dorchester Burial Ground in Dorchester. Hundreds attended Murnane’s funeral. The pallbearers included Boston mayor James Michael Curley and Congressman James A. Gallivan; former Red Sox owner John I. Taylor was an usher. Many ballplayers attended, including Babe Ruth, then a pitcher for the Red Sox. Murnane's place of burial was later moved to the Old Calvary Cemetery in Roslindale.

Murnane had left little to care for his widow and four children from his second marriage, so the American League and the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) established a memorial fund for his family and held a benefit game on September 27, 1917, at Fenway Park. The Red Sox, with Babe Ruth pitching, defeated an all-star team that include Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Shoeless Joe Jackson in the outfield. More than 17,000 people attended, generating $13,000 for the Murnane family. The memorial fund purchased a gravestone for Murnane. [6]

He was selected by the BBWAA as a recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for excellence in baseball journalism in 1978. [7]

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  1. Murnane, Tim (December 25, 1904). "King of Naugatuck Valley". The Boston Globe . p. SM3. Retrieved January 22, 2020 via Newspapers.com.
  2. Lamar, Charles A. (August 10, 1913). "The Old Time Fan Delves into Mutuals v. Savannah Baseball of Early Seventies". Atlanta Constitution. p. 11.
  3. For those who do not count the NA, he recorded the first stolen base in major league history, with Boston in 1876.
  4. Eldred, 1996
  5. "Tim Murnane Dead". St. Joseph News-Press . Boston. February 8, 1917. p. 10. Retrieved January 22, 2020 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Tim Murnane – Society for American Baseball Research".
  7. "1978 BBWAA Career Excellence Award Winner Tim Murnane". baseballhall.org. Retrieved March 5, 2021.

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