John became a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. He was featured on the Goudey Baseball cards, sponsored by "Big League Chewing Gum". He pitched eight years for the Baltimore Club, won 191 and lost only 80 games. In the Majors, he played for New York Giants, St Louis Browns, St Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds.
Upon ending his career with the Phillies, he purchased the Elmira franchise of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In 1941, he left the employment of the Philadelphia Phillies and purchased the Elmira franchise in the Eastern League from the Brooklyn Dodgers. His son, John, Jr., assisted him with the running of the club until he entered military service on September 8, 1943.
His son, John, Jr., entered the military during WWII and died in action in St. Lo, France, in 1944, just 3 weeks after turning 21.
Dorothy Young Ogden
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