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Edward Ernest Courtney

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10"

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Ernie Courtney played six years in the big leagues. After appearing on two teams in each of 1902 and 1903, he settled in with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1905-08, playing as a regular during the first three of those years. He led the 1905 National League in games played and was third in plate appearances and sacrifice hits.

Ernie was born in Des Moines, IA in 1875. He was the third major leaguer from Des Moines, after Ducky Holmes and Herm McFarland.

Courtney was mainly a third baseman, but was also used liberally at the other infield positions (1B-SS-2B) as well as in left field.

He played for minor league teams based in California during 1898-1902. After stints in the majors during part of 1902 and in 1903, he played for Buffalo in 1904 before coming back to the majors in 1905-08. In 1909-10 he played for Providence and in 1911 he was with Memphis.

Ernie worked as a hotelkeeper before his death in Buffalo in 1920.

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