Max Marshall

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Milo May Marshall

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Max Marshall was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1936 season. Max spent six seasons (1936-1941) in the St. Louis organization before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Jim Gleeson on May 6, 1942. Max had two good seasons behind him, hitting .334 with 21 home runs for the Springfield (MO) Cardinals of the class C Western Association in 1937 and he was just coming off of another good year, hitting .302 with 17 home runs for the 1941 Columbus Red Birds of the American Association.

Marshall made his debut with the Reds on May 9, 1942. He was a full-time outfielder and appeared in 131 games his first season up, hitting at a .255 clip with 45 RBI. His average fell to .236 in 1943 and was at the .245 mark after 66 games on July 26, 1944 when the United States Navy called him for duty during World War II, ending his big league career after 329 games and a .245 batting average with 105 RBI.

Max was back in the outfield, albeit the minor leagues in 1946, with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League, hitting .278 with 56 RBI and nine home runs in 103 games. 1947 rolled around and Max showed signs of age catching up, appearing with three clubs, with Oakland and Los Angeles of the PCL and Tulsa of the Texas League, hitting .244 with just two homers while appearing in 87 games.

For reasons unknown, at this time, Max fell off the radar for five years (1948-1952). This seems a bit unusual to say the least, but he returned in 1953, at the age of 39, with the Salem Senators of the Western International League. Max appeared in 17 games, giving him an even 1,000 for his career, and he ended his minor league career at this time with a .289 batting average and 175 RBI with 93 home runs.

After baseball, Marshall resided in Salem, OR, where he served as a recreational officer until his retirement. Milo May Marshall passed away at the age of 80 on September 16, 1993 and is buried at Belcrest Memorial Park in Salem, OR.

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