The Obit For Charles Muir

Longtime 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.

“It’s 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 the plate.

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 honor.

“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.