Joseph Martin Napoleon Munson
born Joseph Martin Napoleon Carlson
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9", Weight 184 lb.
- School Lehigh University
- Debut September 18, 1925
- Final Game June 4, 1926
- Born November 6, 1899 in Renovo, PA USA
- Died February 24, 1991 in Drexel Hill, PA USA
Before there was Thurman Munson, there was Joe Munson (as well as a couple other major-league Munsons). Joe played a couple seasons with the Chicago Cubs. In 1926, when he had the most at-bats, he was one of five different players who appeared in at least 15 games in left field for the Cubs; of those, Riggs Stephenson had the most appearances.
Joe had hit .371 in nine games for the 1925 Cubs.
He was one of eight major leaguers who had been at Lehigh University in the nineteen "teens". None of them got as many as 400 at-bats in the majors.
He set a record when he hit .400 in 1925 for the Harrisburg Senators. He became the first Triple Crown winner in the Eastern League; it would be 38 years until Bob Chance became the 2nd.
The book "Baseball in Tulsa" indicates that Munson played professional ball from 1918-32 and played for Tulsa in 1927-29, leading the league with 32 homers in 1927, in batting average in 1928, and in hits in 1929. The book also has a photo of him on p. 18.
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