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John Heydler

John Heydler (Baseball.  Born, LaFargeville, NY, July 10, 1869; died, San Diego, CA, Apr. 18, 1956.)  John Arnold Heydler is the only one to serve as president of the National League twice and held league executive office longer than any other man (35 years overall).  Heydler served as an N.L. umpire (1895-98) before becoming the […]

Will Harridge

Will Harridge (Baseball.  Born, Chicago, IL, Oct. 16, 1881; died, Evanston, IL, Apr. 9, 1971.)  Third president of the A.L., William Harridge was elected May 27, 1931, to succeed the late Ernest Barnard.  Harridge had previously been with the league since 1911, when he was hired as secretary to founding league president Ban Johnson. He […]

John McGraw

John McGraw (Baseball. Born, Truxton, NY, Apr.7, 1873; died, New York, NY, Feb. 25, 1934.) Colorful, combative and creative, John Joseph McGraw is one of the most significant characters in the history of New York baseball. McGraw came to the Giants as their manager in 1902 and transformed the team. New York had not been […]

Harry Frazee

Harry Frazee (Baseball.  Born, Peoria, IL, June 29, 1880; died, New York, NY, June 3, 1929.)  Harry H. Frazee is one of the best-known unknown characters of sports history, and also the subject of a base canard of misconstrued facts.  A noted Broadway producer who generated a half-dozen hit shows, Frazee also owned the Boston […]

Bill Devery

Bill Devery (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 9, 1854; died, Far Rockaway, NY, June 20, 1919.)  A notoriously corrupt police official, William S. Devery was also one of the founding owners of the team that became the Yankees.  Devery joined the City Police force in 1874 and almost instantly became controversial for his shakedowns and […]

Tom Connolly

Tom Connolly (Baseball.  Born, Manchester, England, Dec. 31, 1870; died, Natick, MA, Apr. 28, 1961.)  The man who for decades defined the difference between N.L. and A.L. umpires was Thomas Henry Connolly.  An N.L. arbiter for two seasons (1898-99), Connolly quit what was then the only major league because of what he felt was a […]

Happy Jack Chesbro

Happy Jack Chesbro (Baseball.  Born, North Adams, MA, June 5, 1874; died, Conway, MA, Nov. 6, 1931.)  The reverberations that followed from the 1904 A.L. pennant race were created almost entirely by righthanded spitballer John Dwight Chesbro, who nearly pitched the nascent Highlanders (later known as the Yankees) to the league title.  Chesbro’s 41 wins […]

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