Marlin Theodore Carter
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut 1932
- Final Game 1948
- Born December 27, 1912 in Haslam, TX USA
- Died December 20, 1993 in Memphis, TN USA
Marlin Carter was a Negro League infielder for 14 years, making one All-Star team.
Carter turned down a scholarship offer to Wiley College to play baseball professionally. He began in 1932 with the Monroe Monarchs and moved on to the Memphis Red Sox in 1933, then the Cincinnati Tigers in 1935. In 1936, he started at short for Cincinnati and hit .367, tying Willard Brown for 5th among top western black clubs. Carter moved to third base and fell to .204 in 1937.
In 1938, Carter hit only .071 as the third baseman for Memphis (the western teams played very short schedules in those days) then improved to .208 while moving to second base and leadoff in 1939. He was 4 for 30 in the 1939-1940 California Winter League, the worst of any Negro Leaguer in the CWL that year. Pee Wee hit .333 in 1940 (playing 3B) and .295 in 1941 (playing second).
Marlin batted .254 in 1942. He was with the West in the 1942 East-West Games. In game one, he went 0 for 1 after replacing Parnell Woods at third in a 5-2 loss. In game two, he was 0 for 1 as Woods' backup in a 9-2 defeat. Carter missed 1943-1945 whle serving in the US Coast Guard during World War II.
Carter returned to Memphis in 1946 and hit .188 at age 33. He remained their starter at third in 1947 then split his last season, 1948 between the Red Sox and Chicago American Giants.
After baseball, Carter worked for International Harvester and Memphis's Colonial Country Club before retiring. A hobby in retirement was golf.
- NAL All-Star (1942)
- Black Baseball's National Showcase by Larry Lester
- The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley
- The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway
- The California Winter League by William McNeil
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