Standing only 5’5″ and weighing a good deal less during the Deadball Era than his listed playing weight of 155 lbs., Rabbit Maranville compiled a lifetime batting average of just .258. He played for the Boston Braves from 1912 to 1920. After several other stints as a player, he was back to the Braves from 1929 to 1933 plus 1935.
He is known as much for his zany escapades and funny stories as for anything he accomplished on the diamond. His outstanding glove work kept him in the big leagues for 23 seasons and eventually earned him a plaque in Cooperstown.
“Maranville is the greatest player to enter baseball since Ty Cobb arrived. I’ve seen ‘em all since 1891 in every league around the south, north, east, and west. He came into the league under a handicap–his build. He was too small to be a big leaguer in the opinion of critics. I told him he was just what I wanted: a small fellow for short. All he had to do was to run to his left or right, or come in, and size never handicapped speed in going after the ball.” ~~Boston Braves manager George Stallings.