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James Thomas Huggins
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The accompanying text to the photo is fascinating: "MILLER JAMES HUGGINS, of Cincinnati, known to the followers of the National League as the "Midget Manager," is below pictured in the act of signing papers which make him Manager of the New York Yankees for the two forthcoming years. In the "other corner" is Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the debonair owner of the Yankees, who is gazing toward his new acquisition with confidence and hope. "Rabbit" Huggins is of the "old school" type of player. He joined the Cincinnati Reds Shortly after he had donned his first pair of "long ones," he played there far almost a decade before being traded to St. Louis, where eventually he became Manager of the Cardinals." They refer to Huggins as, "Midget Manager," and, "Rabbit," but not, "Mighty Mite," which was probably his most famous nickname.
Hilarious how they refer to Ruppert as, "debonair." I don't recall George Steinbrenner being called that (grin). Most amazing
is Ruppert, "gazing toward his new acquisition with confidence and hope." Little did he know. The Yankees had never won a pennant
up that point, but over the next ten years, Huggins would guide them to six A.L. pennants and three World Championships. It was
quite literally the Yankees first dynasty -- and the team would never be looked at the same again.

They also spelled decade, "edcade," which just shows editors were human back then, too. - Bri
Added by: Jill S. (Gasdorf) Topper
3/12/2013
 
 
 
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