In 19 seasons as a manger, Ned Hanlon spent time leading the Pittsburgh Alleghenys/Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and even a season with the Pittsburgh Burghers of the short lived Players League. It was his time as skipper of the National League Baltimore Orioles and later Brooklyn Superbas that paved his entry into the Hall of Fame. With the Orioles he won three straight pennants between 1894-1896, finishing second the following two years. He would take over the Superbas in 1899, winning a career-high 101 games and taking the first of two pennants with Brooklyn.
A strong supporter of player rights, Hanlon was not only a part of the Players League in 1890, but after he retired he sued Major League Baseball for violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The court’s decision, that baseball was exempt from government regulation, still stands.
July 8, 2011