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Honest John Gaffney

Honest John Gaffney (Baseball.  Born, Roxbury, MA, June 29, 1855; died, New York, NY, Aug. 8, 1913.)  He liked to call himself “Honest John,” but many referred to John H. Gaffney as “King of the Umpires” in the late 19th century.  Gaffney started his big league umpiring career in 1884 in the N.L.  Before he […]

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A prolific author, wire service sports reporter, long time Major League Baseball official scorer, football statistician, sports museum founder, theatrical agency owner and public ... read more

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