Mckinney: Marshall Quinton, big-league catcher and small-time thief

From SABR member Justin Mckinney at Baseball Obscura on March 13, 2017:

Marshall Quinton played 33 major league games in 1884–85 and is barely a footnote in baseball history. This brief major league career came in the midst of a 20 year career spent playing for numerous minor league and semi-pro clubs.

Off the field, Quinton achieved notoriety for one reason: Marshall Quinton liked to steal.

A Young Scamp
Marshall Quinton stole from an early age. In 1866, at age 14, he was arrested for the first time. He was found hiding in the cellar of the Beagley’s grocery store in Philadelphia, evidently planning to rob the store after it closed. He was held on $500 bail on the misdemeanor charge of entering a house with felonious intent. Quinton was from a working class family, his father John, a shoemaker. One can imagine Quinton as a Dickensian waif, hungry and desperate.

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Originally published: March 15, 2017. Last Updated: March 15, 2017.