John McGraw

  • Card series: Diamond Heads '15
  • City: New York
  • Team: Giants
  • League: National League
  • Hall: National Baseball Hall of Fame

John Joseph McGraw (1873-1934) was an innovative player (the hit-and-run, the “Baltimore chop”) but went on to true greatness as a manager for Baltimore and, most noteworthy, the NY Giants. Only Connie Mack’s teams won more games and no NL manager approached him. Not shabby as a hitter (ranks 3rd all time behind Ted Williams and Babe Ruth in OBP), has been called “the best player to become a great manager.”

  • Played for and/or managed ten NL pennant winners
  • Upon his death, McGraw’s wife discovered a list of all the African-American players he wanted to sign but was prevented
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 1937

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