Sunday, June 17, 2012

On This Date: Joe Marshall Tearing up the RRVL

June 17, 1897

When the Grand Forks Herald listed the Senators team batting leaders on June 17th, one name stood out from the rest: Joe Marshall. The 21-year-old led the team with a .449 batting average, adding a home run to help Grand Forks beat Moorhead on the 17th by a score of 6-1. Over the next week, Marshall was nearly unstoppable. During a stretch of four games against Wahpeton-Breckenridge, the Audubon, MN native went 11 for 21 with two home runs, two doubles, and eight runs scored.

June 23 - 2 for 5 with a double in a 7-0 Grand Forks shutout win
June 24 - 4 for 5 with a home run and three runs scored in a 9-6 win
June 25 - 4 for 6 with a home run, double, and four runs scored in a 22-8 rout
June 26 - 1 for 5 with a run scored in a 8-7 loss

Marshall did commit six errors in the four game stretch, three of them playing out of position as a catcher in the June 26th loss. "Home Run" Joe typically played second or third base for the Senators during the 1897 season.

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