New-York Historical Society's Bill Shannon Dictionary of New York Sports

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Monte Ward

Monte Ward (Baseball.  Bellefonte, PA, Mar. 3, 1860; died, Augusta, GA, Mar. 4, 1925.)  Few, if any, players cast as long a shadow for as many years as John Montgomery Ward.  Then again, Ward was a most unusual character for the 19th century anywhere in America, let alone baseball.  A graduate of Penn State and, […]

Tim Keefe

Tim Keefe (Baseball.  Born, Cambridge, MA, Jan. 1, 1857; died, Cambridge, MA, Apr. 23, 1933.)  One of the premier righthanders of the 1880s, Timothy John Keefe pitched for New York teams in three different leagues and won pennants with two of them.  Keefe began his big league career with Troy, N.Y., in 1880 and came […]

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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