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Charles Judson "Eagle Eye" Hemphill (April 20, 1876 - June 22, 1953) was an outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for six different teams between 1899 and 1911. Listed at 5'9", 160 lb., Hemphill batted and threw left-handed. He was born in Greenville, Michigan. His younger brother, Frank Hemphill, also was a major league outfielder.

Basically a line-drive hitter, Hemphill entered the majors in 1899 with the St. Louis Perfectos, appearing in 11 games for them before joining the Cleveland Spiders during the midseason. He also became the first Opening Day right fielder in the Boston Red Sox' franchise history (1901). After that, he played with the Cleveland Bronchos (1902), St. Louis Browns (1902-07) and New York Highlanders (1908-11). His most productive season came in 1902, when he hit a combined .308 batting average with Cleveland and St. Louis. He enjoyed another good season with the 1908 Yankees, hitting .298 (fourth in AL) with a career-high 42 stolen bases.

In a 11-season career, Hemphill was a .271 hitter (1230-for-4541) with 22 home runs and 421 RBI in 1242 games, including 580 runs, 117 doubles, triples, 207 stolen bases, and a .337 on-base percentage.

In 1175 outfield appearances, he played at center field (607), right (525) and left (45). He also played three games at second base.

Hemphill died in Detroit, Michigan at age 77.

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