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Jim Creighton

Jim Creighton (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 15, 1841; died, New York, NY, Oct. 18, 1862.)  Perhaps the greatest athlete of his era, James Creighton was an infielder, outfielder, pitcher, and hitter who became the first great star of baseball.  Creighton died of an apparent ruptured bladder and was mourned at a sizeable funeral.  […]

Bill Cammeyer

Bill Cammeyer (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 20, 1821; died, New York, NY, Sept. 4, 1898.)  Among the seminal inventions in the history of sports is the enclosed ballpark, and William Henry Cammeyer is its creator.  On May 15, 1862, Cammeyer opened his Union Grounds, a converted skating rink at what was then Lee […]

Charlie Byrne

Charlie Byrne (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 10, 1843; died, New York, NY, Jan. 4, 1898.)  Lost in the glare of his more famous successors, Charles H. Byrne is the man who brought big league baseball to Brooklyn.  It was Byrne who started a pro club in 1883, moved it into three leagues in eight […]

Eddie Butler

Eddie Butler (Athletics.  Bron, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 17, 1892; died, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 26, 1956.)  An all-around athlete at Cornell (where he captained the 1912 football team), Edmund William Butler became the leader of the Crescent A.C. in Brooklyn.  Butler joined the Brooklyn amateur group in 1912 and became the New York State handball champion in […]

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