By David L. Fleitz

Specialist baseball took root in the US within the 1860s through the comparable years that the sons of the 1st wave Irish famine refugees started to achieve maturity, and the Irish fast established a different affinity for baseball. this can be a survey of the large contribution of the Irish to the yank hobby and the ways that Irish immigrants and baseball got here of age jointly. Chapters disguise the Irish and early immigrants in Boston; the Chicago White Stockings; the Shamrocks, Trojans and Giants; Charlie Comiskey; Patsy Tebeau and the Hibernian Spiders; Ned Hanlon and the Orioles; Hugh Duffy and Tommy McCarthy, the "Heavenly Twins"; umpires; John McGraw; "Wild invoice" Donovan, Patrick Joseph "Whiskey Face" Moran, and Connie Mack; the pink Sox and the Royal Rooters; and, extra.

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With no monetary incentive for winning, the unconcerned White Stockings were seen drinking, smoking cigars, and telling jokes in a St. Louis hotel lobby following their defeat in the fourth contest. Anson drove his men as hard as he could, but a dearth of pitching and a lack of meaningful effort doomed the White Stockings. Clarkson had pitched in three of the first four games, and was so worn out that Anson signed minor league star Mark Baldwin, who had won 23 games in the Northern League that summer.

They resolved to weed out the troublemakers and start anew. Several of the White Stockings soon learned that the 1886 season was their last in a Chicago uniform. Jocko Flynn’s sore arm failed to heal over the winter, and it was evident that his pitching career was over. He played one game in the outfield during the following season and then disappeared from the major leagues for good. Jim McCormick, whose 31–11 season in 1886 was overshadowed by his off-field antics and failure in the post-season, was shuttled off to Pittsburgh for a young pitcher-outfielder named George Van Haltren.

Three Cambridge natives (Clarkson, Keefe, and Joe Kelley) would eventually enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. Clarkson had failed in a three-game trial with Worcester of the National League in 1882, but returned to the minor leagues and re-established himself as a prospect. In 1884 he posted a 34–9 record for Saginaw in the Northwest League before that circuit disbanded in August, making the young pitcher a free agent. He sifted through several offers and, though his father urged him to sign with Boston, near his hometown of Cambridge, John inked a deal with Chicago.

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