Eugene Napoleon DeMontreville
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.
- Debut August 20, 1894
- Final Game April 26, 1904
- Born March 26, 1874 in St. Paul, MN USA
- Died February 18, 1935 in Memphis, TN USA
"The stars of the season of 1896 were few, but among them were Gene DeMontreville and pitcher Payne, both of whom were rated (not good enough) for Syracuse. Well, we can't always guess correct." - Sporting Life's Syracuse correspondent, pointing out that both Gene DeMontreville and Harley Payne made good in the majors in 1896
A surprise about Gene DeMontreville is that similarity scores through 2006 shows one of the most similar players to him was a current player, David Eckstein. Both were infielders, both had adequate but not great hitting stats, both could steal a base. Eckstein was short by modern standards while DeMontreville stood 5' 8", average for his time.
Gene's brother Lee DeMontreville also played in the majors. Gene played 17 years in the minors and also managed at least a couple of times. Gene and Lee never played on the same professional team, however.
At the time of his death he was concession manager of the Mid-South Fairgrounds in Memphis, TN.
"Gene DeMontreville . . . is without doubt the most valuable utility infielder in the business." - Sporting Life, February 2, 1901