Jimmy McAleer

  • Card series: Pioneer Portraits II: 1875-1899
  • City: Cleveland
  • Team: Spiders
  • League: National League

James Robert McAleer (1864-1931) was the premier defensive OF of the ‘90s, but a weak hitter. McAleer’s true talent was executive leadership and he became one of the prominent founders of the AL, with a gift for recruiting some of the top players away from the NL.

  • Opened Fenway Park in 1912 as president of the pennant-winning Sox
  • Credited with beginning the custom of inviting the President of the US to throw out the 1st ball

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