Somerset treasurer dies
Charles Muir, former professional baseball player, is remembered
The Salisbury News
November 21, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE — Charles
Muir, the longtime Somerset County treasurer and a former professional
baseball player, died suddenly Wednesday morning at his Allen Road home.
a big loss for the county,” said Bob McCready of Princess Anne,
a friend since childhood. “I followed his career in golf and baseball
and teaching. He was a champion in everything he did.”
Long before he became active in Somerset County politics, Muir was well-known
for his abilities as a baseball pitcher.
At the age of 14, he began pitching for Hebron and also played on the
Washington High School team, said John Alder, an old friend.
“He was so much better than anyone,” Alder said. “He
was very dominant in the high school league.”
Muir was drafted in the mid-1950s by the Orioles and played for the Class
D Thomson Orioles in the Georgia State League where he finished the 1956
season with a 3-2 record on the mound and three hits in 21 at bats at
After leaving professional baseball, Muir returned home and learned to
pitch softball, playing for teams in Wenona, Princess Anne and Salisbury.
Alder said Muir worked with several young players to improve their pitching.
“The price for anybody he taught was zero,” Alder said. “He
just wanted to help.”
Muir, who was inducted into the Eastern Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002,
also took up golf after returning home in the mid-1960s, and won club
championships across the Shore.
Outside of sports, Muir was a pilot with Bayland Aviation in Salisbury
and a private pilot for Frank Perdue, Alder said.
He also served as chairman of the Somerset County Liquor Control Board
before being elected county treasurer in 1990. County Commissioners President
Rex Simpkins ordered all county flags to be flown at half mast in Muir’s
“We express our deepest sympathy to his wife, Dee and son, Greg,
and they will remain in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult
time,” he said.