John Morrill

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John Francis Morrill
(Honest John)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 155 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Honest John Morrill, a first baseman, had his best year in 1883 when he was player-manager for the pennant-winning Boston Beaneaters during the last part of the season. As a player, he hit .319 and his slugging percentage of .525 was second in the league. He managed for eight years, with a winning percentage over .500, and played for 15 years, with an Adjusted OPS+ of 111.


He appeared defensively at every position on the diamond. He was a two-way player of sorts, with 18 pitching appearances spread out over seven seasons. He worked as a National League umpire in 1891 and for one game in 1896.

In 1897 he was part of an old-timers team that took on an Australian team.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Saves Leader (1884)

Preceded by
Harry Wright
Boston Red Caps Manager
Succeeded by
Jack Burdock
Preceded by
Jack Burdock
Boston Beaneaters Manager
Succeeded by
King Kelly
Preceded by
King Kelly
Boston Beaneaters Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Hart

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1882 Boston Red Stockings National League 45-39 4th Boston Red Stockings
1883 Boston Beaneaters National League 33-11 1st Boston Beaneaters League Champs replaced Jack Burdock (30-24) on July 21
1884 Boston Beaneaters National League 73-38 2nd Boston Beaneaters
1885 Boston Beaneaters National League 46-66 5th Boston Beaneaters
1886 Boston Beaneaters National League 56-61 5th Boston Beaneaters
1887 Boston Beaneaters National League 12-17 5th Boston Beaneaters replaced King Kelly (49-43) on September 1
1888 Boston Beaneaters National League 70-64 4th Boston Beaneaters
1889 Washington Nationals National League 13-38 -- Washington Nationals replaced by Arthur Irwin on July 5

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