Culpeper in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Eppa Rixey Boyhood Home
Rixey attended the University of Virginia, earning a Bachelors degree in 1912 and a Masters degree in 1914. He was urged to try out for the baseball team by Charlie Rigler, a former National League umpire newly hired to coach baseball at the school. He made the team, and played for three years until he joined the major league Phillies without ever playing in the minor leagues at all. Rixey played for the Phillies until 1920, but took time out in 1918 to serve overseas in WWI with an army chemical-warfare division. In 1920, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, and played there until his retirement in 1933. His last game was August 5, 1933.
In all, he pitched in 692 games, won 266 and lost
In 1963, he received a call that he had been elected to the Hall of Fame. Always modest, he responded, "I guess they're scraping the bottom of the barrel." Unfortunately, within just a few weeks, he died in Cincinnati at age 72, and the award was presented at Cooperstown to his widow, Dorothy, on February 28, 1963.
Erected by Town of Culpeper.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1896.
Location. 38° 28.407′ N, 77° 59.67′ W. Marker is in Culpeper, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is at the intersection of East Street and Cameron Street, on the right when traveling south on East Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Culpeper VA 22701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Gallant Pelham (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); “Gallant” Pelham’s Last Days (about 500 feet away); A Tribute to Black Americans – Early 1900’s (about 500 feet away); George Washington (about 500 feet away); A.P. Hill's Boyhood Home (about 500 feet away); Culpeper Court HouseWilliam "Extra Billy" Smith (about 600 feet away); Confederate Memorial (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Culpeper.
More about this marker. In the lower left is a photo of the Rixey house, captioned: The house was built circa 1830 by John Thompson. For a time following Thompson's ownership, the Culpeper Female Institute was conducted in the building. This house was bought by Eppa Rixey's father in 1891, and the family lived here until they moved to Charlottesville when Eppa, Jr. was eleven. The home is currently a private residence, and is not open to the public.
In the upper center is a photo of Eppa Rixey during his Cincinnati Reds playing days. In the upper right are copyies of Eppa Rixey's lifetime pass issued by the National League and his Cincinnati Reds baseball card. In the lower right is a photo of Rixey's Hall of Fame plaque.
Also see . . .
1. Eppa Rixey. A short biography of Rixey. (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Career Stats for Eppa Rixey. In addition to his pitching, Rixey was known as an outstanding fielder. (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,213 times since then and 222 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.