Ernest Lanigan

Birthdate 01/04/1873
Death Date 02/06/1962
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Year of Induction
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Positions Executive, Innovator

Ernest Lanigan is in the International League Hall of Fame and was the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s curator from 1946 until 1959.

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1957 letter on Hall of Fame letterhead - Ernest Lanigan writes about origin of RBI as an official statistic

1957 letter on Hall of Fame letterhead - Ernest Lanigan writes about origin of RBI as an official statistic

Ernest Lanigan is largely forgotten in baseball history. A newspaperman, official scorer, and executive for the minor leagues and the Hall of Fame, Lanigan is largely responsible for getting the RBI accepted as an official statistic. Though he recorded it for quite a few years previous to the statis
1938 letter on International League letterhead - Lanigan was part of the inaugural International League Hall of Fame class in 1947

1938 letter on International League letterhead - Lanigan was part of the inaugural International League Hall of Fame class in 1947

Ernie Lanigan might not ever make the Baseball Hall of Fame, but he is in the International League’s Hall. Shown here is a letter in International League letterhead from 1938, Lanigan’s fourth season as the league’s information director.
Letter from Ed Delahanty's daughter wanting to donate to the Hall of Fame

Letter from Ed Delahanty's daughter wanting to donate to the Hall of Fame

Ed Delahanty’s daughter Florence Delahanty Randall wrote to the Hall of Fame on May 16, 1946 offering to donate her father’s, “…Silver Plated Baseball Bad (sic), which was presented to my Father the late Ed Delehanty, by Baseball Fans at Philadelphia during the height of his baseball career.” Note her spelling of her father’s last name
As director of the Hall, Ernest Lanigan agrees to the donation

As director of the Hall, Ernest Lanigan agrees to the donation

The curator of the Hall of Fame during this time was Ernest Lanigan. In this offering of May 21, 1946, Lanigan writes to Ed Delahanty’s daughter, “It was very thoughtful of you to think of the Baseball Museum in connection with the bat and we will be very proud to have it and
Lanigan again writes to Delahanty's daughter

Lanigan again writes to Delahanty's daughter

In the correspondence dated June 9, 1946, Lanigan writes to Ed Delahanty’s daughter, “Enclosed find your father’s playing record. Shortly I will send you copies of the box scores of his first minor league game and his first major league game…I am enclosing some press releases on Jesse Burkett, Dan Brouthers,
Lanigan and the Hall acknowledge receipt of the donated Delahanty silver plated bat

Lanigan and the Hall acknowledge receipt of the donated Delahanty silver plated bat

By June 26, 1946 Lanigan and the Hall received the bat. Lanigan writes, “Some stories of the Hall of Famers are enclosed and some pictures.” Lanigan enclosed a story about Ed Delahanty and of his daughter’s generous donation.

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