Born: November 16, 1910|
Died: July 20, 1959 (aged 48)|
|September 14, 1936 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Last MLB appearance
|April 21, 1946 for the New York Giants|
Career highlights and awards
Morrie (Morris) Arnovich, known as Snooker, (November 16, 1910 – July 20, 1959) was a stocky Major League Baseball outfielder. He was a line drive hitter and he played seven seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Giants between
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The Philadelphia Phillies purchased his contract in
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At the age of 29, Arnovich was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Johnny Rizzo in June
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Arnovich tried to volunteer for the United States Army, but was turned down because he was missing a pair of molars. He got false teeth and volunteered again after Pearl Harbor this time he was permitted in and spent the next four years in the Army. While in the Army, Arnovich played for and managed the Fort Lewis baseball team, before becoming a postal clerk in New Guinea.
Out of condition and now 35 years old, Morrie played in one game for the New York Giants in
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Arnovich coached basketball for a Catholic high school in Superior after retiring, then ran a jewelry store and a sporting goods store. It was reported in the Superior Evening Telegram in 1949 that Arnovich, who had managed in the Cubs minor league organization, had signed on as a referee in the new National Basketball Association. It is not known if he actually served as an NBA referee in its inaugural season.
- Berger, Ralph. "Morrie Arnovich". SABR. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
- The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- "Pete McEntegart: A walking Encyclopedia". Sports Illustrated. June 9, 2004. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- "Morrie Arnovich Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and The 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. SP Books. 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2011.
- "Career Batting Leaders through 2010". Career Leaders. Jewish Major Leaguers. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
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