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Edward Stephen Farrell

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Besides being a high grade major league baseball player Eddie Farrell was also a dentist. He graduated in 1925 from the University of Pennsylvania where he captained the baseball team for two years. "Doc" was also a handy man to have around as he could play three different infield positions. He started his baseball career with the New York Giants in 1925. He would be a part of the New York infield until he was traded along with Kent Greenfield and Hugh McQuillan to the Boston Braves for Larry Benton, Zack Taylor and Herb Thomas on June 12, 1927. In "Doc"'s major league career it would be this split season in 1927 that he would have his best year at the bat, hitting a combined .316 for the Giants and the Boston Braves.

Farrell would be in the National League through 1930, along with his earlier stints with the New York Giants and Boston Braves he would be with both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs in 1930. "Doc" would spend 1931 with the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League where he had by far his best season anywhere as he appeared in 185 games had 727 at-bats and hit for a .327 average with 11 home runs. He was back in the majors with the New York Yankees in 1932 and 1933 where he was used at a minimum, appearing in only 70 games over the two year spread. Farrell was with the Newark Bears of the International League in 1934, hitting .233 in 88 games and in 1935 with the same club he hit at a .405 clip in 17 games and this ended his three year minor league career with a .301 hitting average.

Strange things happen in baseball, especially as far as trades are concerned, and on December 19, 1934 "Doc" was sent by the New York Yankees to the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League to complete and earlier deal made on November 21, 1934. The New York Yankees sent players to be named later and cash to San Francisco for Joe DiMaggio and "Doc" refused to report to his new team in 1935. He instead hooked up with the Boston Red Sox in 1935, appeared in four games and apparently went into the dental profession. All this ended Farrell's professional baseball career and he ended his nine year major league run with a .260 hitting average in 591 games. He ended his years in the field with an overall .937 percentage.

Farrell has the distinction of being the only player in history to play for the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Boston Braves, and Boston Red Sox [1].

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