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Cullen Cain

Cullen Cain (Baseball.  Born, Warsaw, MO, Dec. 3, 1874; died, Coral Gables, FL, Nov. 26, 1958.)  An itinerant newspaperman who became a baseball writer for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Cullen Cain was the first publicity director for the National League.  Cain sold the idea of opening a Service Bureau in New York to N.L. president John Heydler in 1922.  He was the first full-time publicist in baseball history.  Cain ran the Service Bureau until 1933, when he resigned to go back into the newspaper business.  His successor was sportswriter and part-time sportscaster Ford Frick, who later became N.L. president (1934) and Commissioner of Baseball (1951).  Ironically, Cain was hit by a baseball during spring training after leaving the N.L. job and suffered a severe eye injury that left him blind by the early 1940s.

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