Born in 1891, he stood just 5’5″ and weighed 155 pounds. But “Rabbit” Maranville was committed to his trade, which was baseball. In 1912 he made it to the Major Leagues. But “Rabbit” hit only .258 for his career. The second baseman was not good enough to stick, and no one really wanted him. So the Braves traded him to the Pirates, who traded him to the Cubs, who sent him to the Minors, then traded him to the Dodgers, who traded him to the Cardinals, who traded him back to the Braves again.
“Rabbit” was known for two things: speed and alcohol. He was the fastest player in baseball and an excellent fielder. This kept him in the game for 23 years.
But alcohol nearly ended his career. His late night carousing ruined his marriage and his health.
Then one night in 1927, he woke up and determined to give his life to a higher power. And he quit drinking. Then he had his best year in baseball. He played so well, in fact, that he became a spokesman for the game. In 1935, he broke his leg, and his career was over. In 1954, he died of illnesses brought on by the sins of his youth.
Two weeks later, “Rabbit” Maranville was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Sin always comes with a price. But grace comes with a great reward.