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Pepper Martin

AKA Johnny Leonard Roosevelt Martin

Born: 29-Feb-1904
Birthplace: Temple, OK
Died: 5-Mar-1965
Location of death: McAlester, OK
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Baseball

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: St. Louis Cardinals

Career batting average of .418 (3rd highest overall). Wrote baseball historian Lee Allen in The National League Story (1961), describing Martin: "A chunky, unshaven hobo who ran the bases like a beserk locomotive, slept in the raw, and swore at pitchers in his sleep."


[1] Thomas Barthel, Pepper Martin: A Baseball Biography (2003) initially stipulates both parents as Mormons, but then quotes Pepper calling himself Baptist in a 12 October 1931 interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Father: George Washington Martin
Mother: Celia Spears
Sister: Mabel (d. prior to Martin's birth)
Sister: Cora (d. 1919)
Sister: Mary (d. 1926)
Wife: Ruby (m. 9-Nov-1927, until his death, three daughters)

    High School: Classen High School, Oklahoma City, OK (dropped out)

    Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male) 1931

    SPORTS FRANCHISE HISTORY
    St. Louis Cardinals (1944)
    St. Louis Cardinals (1928-40)


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