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John McGraw John McGraw

The Little Napoleon, Player 1891-1906, Player Manager 1899-1932, Baltimore, St Louis Cardinals and New York Giants

John McGraw was the dominant figure in baseball during the 1890-1930's. He was an all-star player and a great manager and had a profound understanding of the game and was always alert to the opportunities each inning presented.

Nicknamed Little Napoleon his personality was arrogant, abusive to his opponents and players. He verbally attacked his opponents, sometimes attacking them with his fists, and always out managed them. In his 29 years as the New York Giants' manager, McGraw finished first or second 21 times. His Giants won ten pennants and three World Series.


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