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Fred Francis Marsh

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Fred Marsh was born in Kansas and moved to Chicago, IL as a child. After graduating from Steinmetz High School in 1941, he signed with the Chicago Cubs. During World War II, he served in the Navy and was discharged in 1945. An infielder, he reached the majors with the Cleveland Indians in 1949 and played parts of seven seasons in the big leagues. He made his big league debut on April 19th as a pinch runner.

1951 was the only season in which he appeared in 100 or more games. He played the St. Louis Browns that year, hitting .243 while playing primarily third base.

1952 was an interesting season for Marsh. He started the season with the Browns, but on May 12th was traded with Lou Sleater to the Washington Senators for Cass Michaels. Less than a month later, the Senators traded him back to the Browns for Earl Rapp. He played 96 games between the two teams, hitting .258. He missed nearly half of the 1955 season with a broken elbow and a leg injury, but still played 89 games, his third-highest total, with the Baltimore Orioles.

He was a good base stealer in terms of percentage in his career, as he was only caught once in 14 attempts - he had a 92.9% stealing success rate.

Statistically, the player he is most similar to is Pedro Gonzalez, using the similarity scores method).

After his big league career ended, he spent many years as a postal carrier. After his death at the age of 82, he was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Corry, PA.

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