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 Edward Hugh “Ned” Hanlon

Edward Hugh “Ned” Hanlon

Birth
Montville, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Death 14 Apr 1937 (aged 79)
Baltimore Highlands, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
Plot Section HH, Lot 26
Memorial ID 4212 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player, Manager. He made his major league debut in 1880 with Cleveland, then moved to Detroit in 1881, becoming captain (equivalent to a present-day manager) at just 24. A superb centerfielder and base runner, but a middling hitter, his innovative strategy helped Detroit win the 1887 World Championship. When the club folded, Hanlon went to Pittsburgh for 1889. He played on an 1888-89 tour to spread baseball around the world, managed by his life-long friend, union president/shortstop John Montgomery Ward. Back home, the NL owners slashed players salaries and rights, taking advantage of Ward and Hanlon being incommunicado on the Pacific. When the owners refused to meet with the union, Hanlon plotted strategy for Ward's brainchild: all the NL players starting their own major league, the Players League, which lasted 1 season (1890). Hanlon managed and invested in the Pittsburgh club. As centerfielder, he stole 65 bases and drew 80 walks. After the revolutionary player-financed league folded, he returned to the Pittsburgh NL club. He moved to Baltimore, where injuries forced him to retire from playing in 1892. Over 13 seasons, he hit .260, and averaged 47 steals a season. With the last place Baltimore Orioles, manager/club president "Foxy Ned" originated a dirty, daring style resulting in a NL pennant in 1894, but lost to Ward's New York Giants in the 19th Century equivalent of the World Series. Hanlon encouraged player leadership in his young Oriole disciples John McGraw, Hugh Jennings and Wilbert Robinson, all who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame primarily for their long, excellent managerial careers. When Brooklyn and Baltimore's ownership merged in 1900, Hanlon stayed Orioles President, while managing Brooklyn. Ward was Brooklyn's attorney. After frequent clashes with Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets, Hanlon quit in 1905. During Hanlon's Brooklyn years, fans called the club Superbas, after a stage act by the Hanlon Brothers (no relation). Hanlon managed Cincinnati 1906-07. His managerial record is 1313-1164, including 5 NL pennants from 1894-1900. In 1914-15, Hanlon founded the Baltimore entry in a third major league, the Federal League. The league's folding left Baltimore out of the major leagues, so Hanlon sued the NL and AL. The landmark 1922 Supreme Court decision against Baltimore exempted baseball from anti-trust laws for over 70 years. Ward, who was General Manager of the Federal League Brooklyn club, was an attorney for Hanlon in the lawsuit. He died well-set from real estate, on April 14, 1937 in Baltimore. Brilliant, controversial "Foxy Ned" finally entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

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  • Added: 28 Dec 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4212
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Hugh “Ned” Hanlon (22 Aug 1857–14 Apr 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4212, citing New Cathedral Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .