April 7th, 2012
“In playing or managing, the game of ball is only fun for me when I’m out in front and winning. I don’t give a hill of beans for the rest of the game.” – John McGraw
Called “the best player to become a manager” John McGraw still holds the record for National League victories with 2,669, while holding the third best on base percentage in ML history with .466 (behind Ted Williams and Babe Ruth). Baseball was everything to him, and he is credited with many baseball innovations, including using a relief pitcher to save a game, the hit and run and using signs to talk with players on the field. In the 31 years he spent with the Giants we won 3 World Series and 10 National League Pennants. As Connie Mack said, “There has been only one manager, and his name is John McGraw.” Happy Birthday John!