This ran in the Cumberland Times in 1953


(This is the 85th in a series of sketches with pictures of well known sport personalities of the past from the album of the Cumberland News Sports Editor. See if you can identify them by their photo.)

From 1907 until 1917 this gentleman baseball and basketball teams at Mt. Savage. Born in Baltimore, in 1876, he recently observed his 77th birthday. He attended Woodberry Forest High School, Orange, Va., in the early 1890s and played a guard position on the University of Maryland's grid team of Baltimore about 1896. At that time the school at College Park was known as the Maryland Agricultural College. Students of the law and dental schools made up the grid team from the Baltimore school. After serving his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital, Baltimore (1897-1899) he began medical practice near Baltimore then moved to Finzel in Garrett County. From 1903 until 1917 he was a well known physician at Mt. Savage. He and Dr. Arthur H. Hawkins were the first AIlegany county doctors commissioned during the First World War. While in France the man pictured here was head surgeon at an evacuation hospital in Mentone, France. Since his return to Cumberland in 1919 he has occupied an office in the same building. He was a topnotch tennis player and in 1914 teamed up with Rev. Thomas Donaldson, now of Centerville and finished as doubles runners-up in the annual tourney at the Potomac Club in Ridgeley.


The photo was taken in 1909 at Welsh Meadow when he managed the Mt. Savage baseball team. Among the players on that club were Ray Houck, Jack King, who later played minor league ball, George and Larry Malloy, Harry Gaughan, Ed Fannon, Billy Hiner and Fritz Hiner, who now operates a market on Virginia Avenue.

What's his name?

He is Dr. Francis Alan Gordon Murray, who now resides at Narrows Park and has had his office at 41 Greene Street tor 34 years. James F. "Jimmy" McGuire, who played for Midland against Mt. Savage once said the fans in Mt. Savage never liked him because he pushed Dr. Murray off third base and caused him to be put out. The doctor still gets a chuckle out of this story. The doctor recalls the time Harry Pitzer took the Mt. Savage nine to Lonaconing for a Fourth of July game and the visiting team was run out of town Pitzer was hit in the head with a brick.