John McGraw

John McGraw autograph
Birthdate 4/7/1873
Death Date 2/25/1934
Debut Year
Year of Induction 1937
Teams Giants, Orioles, Orioles (NL)
Positions Manager, Second Base, Third Base

John J. McGraw holds the record for most wins by a National League manager and is second in Major League history behind Connie Mack.

In the collection:

Program from McGraw day, June 18, 1917

Program from McGraw day, June 18, 1917

In the collection is a souvenir program from McGraw day from nearly 100 years ago signed neatly by the longtime Giants’ skipper. His 30 seasons at the helm of the Giants and lone season with the National League Baltimore Orioles netted an NL-record 2,669 wins. His overall win total of 2,763 ranks second only to Connie Mack.
The day was put together by Wellsville, McGraw's first professional stop

The day was put together by Wellsville, McGraw's first professional stop

The program reads, “His first professional engagement was with the Wellsville Club in 1891 when but 17 years old.” McGraw would go on to have a stellar playing career that would last nearly two decades. His .466 career on-base percentage ranks behind only Ted Williams and Babe Ruth.
Schedule of events for McGraw Day, 1917

Schedule of events for McGraw Day, 1917

The inside of the program offers a look at the day’s schedule. After the 9:00 breakfast at the country club, guests were granted the the treat of an “Auto Sight Seeing Trip at 9:45. Rail was the primary form of transport in 1917 with only a few Americans owning cars. You can only imagine the excitement for those in attendance.
HoFer George Kelly calls McGraw the greatest manager of all time

HoFer George Kelly calls McGraw the greatest manager of all time

George Kelly played first base for the New York Giants and John McGraw for eleven seasons. In this handwritten letter, Kelly states, “As you know I had quite a few thrills playing in the big leagues and my first was playing for the NY Giants and the greatest manager of all time, John J. McGraw

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