- 2B, 1B, OF
- August 11, 1876
- 5' 9"
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-17-1900 with NY1
Danny Murphy, a second baseman early in his career and an outfielder later in his career, was a 16-year major leaguer who played mostly with the Philadelphia Athletics of Connie Mack. They won the World Series three times and the pennant two other times while he was with them. He was part of what was called the $100,000 infield, until he was moved to the outfield so Eddie Collins could play second base.
Murphy, who stood 5 ' 9 ", was born in the first year of the major leagues, 1876. He was born in Philadelphia, where he was to play most of his career. First, however, he was signed by the New York Giants, and was a rookie on the 1900 team that was managed first by Buck Ewing and then by George Davis. He hit .270 in 22 games, and came back in 1901 for 5 more games, hitting .200
He jumped to the American League in 1902, and appeared in 76 games for Philly, hitting .313. He was a regular from 1903 until 1911. From 1903 to 1909, in the dead ball era, he hit .300 only once, reaching .301 in 1906, when his team hit .247. However, he always hit decently - his lowest average in that period was .265 in 1908, when the team hit .223. Only Eddie Collins had a higher batting average on the team, and Collins only appeared in 102 games.
In the 1905 World Series, he hit sixth in the batting order. From 1910 to 1913, Murphy's batting averages went up, at a time when team averages generally rose, too. He hit .300 in 1910, then .329, then .323, and then .322, but his playing time dropped as time went on.
He appeared in the 1910 World Series, hitting .400 on the winning team. Again, he batted sixth in the lineup, with Eddie Collins batting third and Home Run Baker batting cleanup. In 1911, the Athletics again won the World Series, and Murphy batted .327. This time, he was fifth in the batting order, as he and Harry Davis changed spots.
He finished out his career with a couple of years on the Brooklyn team of the Federal League, first hitting .304 in 52 games in 1914 at the age of 37, and then appearing in 5 games the next year.
While Danny never led the league in any offensive category, he was frequently in the top 10. He was in the top ten for both on-base percentage and slugging percentage six times. He was in the top ten in doubles 8 times, in triples 3 times, and in homers 6 times. The most similar player, based on similarity scores, is his contemporary Heinie Zimmerman.
He managed the New Haven Murlins from 1916-18, winning the Eastern League championship in 1917. The league disbanded during the 1918 season. In 1919, when play resumed, the New Haven entry was called the "Weissmen." Murphy finished the season as the team's manager.
After his playing career ended, Danny Murphy was a Philadelphia Athletics coach from 1920 to 1924 and a member of the Philadelphia Phillies staff in 1927.
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