Simon Burdette Nicholls
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
- School University of Maryland
- Debut September 18, 1903
- Final Game April 25, 1910
- Born July 18, 1882 in Germantown, MD USA
- Died March 12, 1911 in Baltimore, MD USA
Nicholls attended college at the University of Maryland, then called the Maryland Agricultural College, right before Moonlight Graham was there, and it was thought that after college he might become a gentleman farmer on his father's farm. Nicholls did play briefly in the majors in 1903 when the visiting Detroit Tigers were short a player when they appeared against the Washington Senators.
He played amateur and semi-pro ball for a few years, and then played in the minors in 1906. John McGraw wanted to purchase him but Nicholls' team said no. At the end of the 1906 season the Philadelphia Athletics bought him and he played a few games for them.
He slumped in 1908, and in 1909 became a backup. After a few games for the Cleveland Naps in 1910 he was sent to the minors but refused to report until traded to the minor league Baltimore Orioles, for whom he played well.