Located off the main reception
area on the main floor you will find Honest Eddie's. The name was
inspired by, and named in honor of John Edward Murphy, who was born on
Friday, October 2, 1891, in Hancock, New York, little more than 100
yards from the front door of The Hancock House.
The gates open at Honest Eddie's Tap Room at 11 AM every day of the week.
You can enjoy a large cold mug of draft beer for only a $1 at Honest Eddie's,
Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 7 PM.
If you need something to help wash down the beer, you can order
from a variety of delicious food. Everything from Burgers to Soup is
available from The Maple Room kitchen. Take a look at our Menu by
Murphy was a teammate of Shoeless Joe Jackson when they played for
the infamous Chicago "Black Sox". It was here, after the 1919 World
Series that Eddie would receive the nickname of "Honest" Eddie Murphy.
When 8 of his teammates were accused of fixing the 1919 World
Series, Eddie would not be tainted by the scandal and was known from
that day on as "Honest" Eddie Murphy.
He played in a total of 3 World Series, an honor most of today's
multimillion dollar ball players can only dream of.
Eddie Murphy broke into the big leagues on August 26, 1912. His rookie
year was played with Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics posting a
batting average of .317. The following year he appeared in his first
World Series when the A's faced the New York Giants. He would later lace
up spikes for the Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates.
When Babe Ruth made his debut as a pitcher the first batter Ruth faced
was Eddie Murphy from Hancock, New York. Murphy had much in common with
Ruth. Both of their parents were in the "saloon" business. It is only
fitting that this “Saloon”, or as Eddie liked to call it, “Beer Garden”,
would bare his name a century later.
In 1918 Ruth and Murphy had nearly identical batting averages. Ruth
finished the season with .300 and Murphy with .297.
Eddie Murphy ended his career with a lifetime batting average of .287.
Even Murphy's batboy, Gabe Paul, would go on to fame as the General
Manager of the New York Yankees.
Honest Eddie Murphy
played 11 years in professional baseball with the Philadelphia
Athletics, Chicago White Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
But he never forgot where he came from.
A small room over a tavern in Hancock, New York.
"AN HONEST DRINK AT AN HONEST PRICE"