Looking Back 3/15
The cost in 1913 of this unique artifact was $25.35. The cut-glass, regulation-size baseball bat was inspired by the 1913 World Series, which starred two local men—Christy Mathewson of Factoryville and the New York Giants, who had played for the Honesdale team; and Eddie Murphy of White Mills and the Philadelphia Athletics. Murphy was a local boy who had played on the 1907 White Mills team managed by John Christian Dorflinger, cousin of Christian Dorflinger and manager of the Dorflinger cutting shop. Murphy’s friends in White Mills were delighted when the “A’s” won the series, and on October 8, 1913, Dorflinger and Tom Gill, a bookkeeper for the factory, traveled to Philadelphia to present the Dorflinger cut-glass bat to Eddie Murphy. During his 11-year major league career, Eddie Murphy played for the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox during the 1919 Black Sox scandal, when he earned his nickname, “Honest Eddie.”
From the collection of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale. The museum and research library are open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.