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28. Rabbit Maranville

28. Rabbit Maranville
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 11, 1891 in Springfield, MA USA
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 10, 1912
  • Final Game: September 29, 1935
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1917
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • MVP - 1913
  • MVP - 1914
  • MVP - 1924
  • MVP - 1928
  • MVP - 1929
  • MVP - 1931
  • MVP - 1932
  • MVP - 1933
 
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Walter “Rabbit” Maranville was known for quite a few things, his sense of humor, his durability, and defensive skills, the latter two, which ranked him on this list of all-time Braves.

Maranville would become Boston’s full-time Shortstop in 1913 where he dazzled the Majors with his glove and he was third in MVP voting.  1914 was much better as he was second in MVP voting and he would lead them to a World Series win that year.  While nobody was aware of Defensive bWAR (or ant kind of WAR for that matter) Maranville was a two-time leader with Boston in that category and was in the top ten another seven times while he played in the state of Massachusetts.  Defense was his expertise and while his offensive numbers aren’t that great this was a 23-year veteran who would accumulate 2,605 Hits over his career, 1,696 as a Brave.  Maranville would be traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to 1921 but he would return in 1929 where he was still effective.

Rabbit Maranville entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954 on his 14th year of eligibility.  The Braves would later induct Maranville to their franchise Hall in 2014.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Second Base, Short Stop
  • Acquired: Traded from New Bedford for Brad Hogg and $1,000 6/25/12.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Walter Barbare, Fred Nicholson, Billy Southworth and $15,000 1/23/21.

    Acquired (2):

    Purchased from the St. Louis Cardinals with George Harper 12/8/28.

    Departed (2):

    Retired after the 1935 Season.
  • Games Played: 1795
  • Notable Statistics: 802 Runs Scored
    1,696 Hits
    244 Doubles
    103 Triples
    23 Home Runs
    558 RBI
    194 Stolen Bases
    .252/.313/.329 Slash Line
    29.8 bWAR

    4 Playoff Games
    1 Run Scored
    4 Hits
    0 Doubles
    0 Triples
    0 Home Runs
    3 RBI
    2 Stolen Bases
    .308/.400/.308 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1914)
    Highest Defensive bWAR (1914 & 1916)
    Most Outs Made (1914 & 1916)
    Most Assists (1914 & 1916)
    Most Putouts by a Second Baseman (1932)
    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1914, 1915, 1916, 1917 & 1919)
    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1914 & 1916)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1914, 1916 & 1919)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Second Baseman (1932)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1919)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1916 & 1930)