Morrie (Morris) Arnovich
, known as Snooker
, (November 16, 1910 – July 20, 1959) was a stocky Major League Baseball outfielder
. He was a line drive hitter and he played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies
, the Cincinnati Reds
and the New York Giants
between , and , and again for one game in .
One of the most religious Jewish
major leaguers, Arnovich kept kosher
his whole life. Arnovich was a two-time All-Wisconsin basketball star at the University of Wisconsin–Superior
Arnovich's professional baseball career began at age 22 with the Superior Blues
, the champions of the newly revived Northern League
in . A shortstop
that year, he hit .331 and slugged .495 with 17 steals. He was fifth in average and fourth in homers, with 14. His .918 fielding was best of any shortstop with 50 or more games that season, and he made the unofficial All-Star team listed by the Spalding Guide
. Returning to Superior in , Arnovich hit .374 to take the Northern League batting title
, and his 21 homers tied for fifth. He hit three homers in one game that year.
The Philadelphia Phillies
purchased his contract in , and assigned him to the Hazleton Mountaineers
of the New York-Penn League
. He hit .305 that year.
In , he hit .327 with 19 homers and 109 RBIs. He tied for the league lead in homers and was one RBI off of the top pace. He got a cup of coffee with... Read More