Monday, September 25, 2017

In Memoriam: Doc Marshall

Woodlawn Cemetery, Section G
Clinton, IL

     Dr. William Riddle (Doc) Marshall was born on September 22, 1875 in Butler, Pennsylvania. Marshall graduated from Slippery Rock Normal College in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania where he earned his teaching degree. After graduating, he worked as a school teacher. Two years later, Doc went to work for the Carnegie Steel Company.

     Doc Marshall made his Major League debut on April 15, 1904 at the age of 28. He played for six teams between 1904 and 1909: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals (1906-08), Chicago Cubs, and Brooklyn Superbas. He served these teams as a catcher, first baseman, second baseman, and outfielder. Marshall's lifetime .210 batting average and .960 fielding percentage place him at 0.2 wins above replacement.

     In 1909, coincidentally Marshall's last year in professional baseball, Doc graduated from the Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery. He moved to Clinton in 1913 and opened a medical practice. In addition, he was active in several professional and civic organizations including: the YMCA board of directors, the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and the Illinois State Medical Society. Marshall served as the Vice-President of the DeWitt County Tuberculosis Association, President of  the DeWitt County Medical Association, and Secretary (26 years) of the DeWitt County Medical Association.

     Doc passed away on December 12, 1959. Services were held at Pullen-Boos Chapel in Clinton, Illinois. He was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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