- Sherwood “Sherry” Magee was born in Clarendon, Pennsylvania in 1884.
- He was good at baseball, football, and basketball as a student. He also excelled as a bowler.
- While playing for the local semipro team at age 19, he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1904.
- He played 95 games in 1904, getting 101 hits, 12 of them for triples which led the team.
- In 1905 he stole 55 bases, good for second in the National League and the Philadelphia record. The record lasted until 1984.
- In 1907, 1910, 1914, and 1918 he led the National League in RBIs.
- His career year was 1910 when he led the NL in runs, RBIs, total bases, batting average, OBP, Slugging, OPS, and OPS+, was second in WAR among everyday players, second in doubles, and second in triples. He was also third in hits and fifth in home runs with six.
- In 1911 he was called out on strikes, argued with the umpire and was thrown out of the game. He responded by slugging the ump (drawing blood and rendering the umpire unconscious). After playing only 121 games, Magee was banned for the remainder of the season.
- After leading the NL in hits, RBIs, doubles, total bases, and slugging in 1914 he was traded to Boston (the Braves, not the Red Sox). He’d been passed over for manager and asked for a trade. Despite not playing for the team since 1914, he still holds the Phils team record for triples and stolen bases.
- Injured in training camp in 1915, his career slipped and in 1917 and he was waived. Cincinnati picked him up.
- In 1919 he got into his only World Series, going one for two as a pinch hitter for the victorious Reds. It was his last season.
- He spent a few seasons in the minors, then became an umpire, serving in the NL in 1928.
- Sherry Magee contracted pneumonia in March 1929 and died on 13 March 1929. He’s never gotten much consideration for the Hall of Fame. In 2003 he was chosen for the Phillies Wall of Fame (the team’s version of a Hall of Fame).
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