1890John Phalen “Stuffy” McInnis, the first baseman and manager in Major League Baseball was born.People and Communities, Notable People, Sports

Bain News Co., Stuffy McInnis, Philadelphia AL (baseball), 1913, Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2014697475/
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Stuffy McInnis was born in Gloucester on September 19, 1890, as the fourth of five sons to Stephen ad Udavilla (Grady) McInnis. He gained his unique nickname during childhood when teammates and spectators would shout, “That’s the stuff, kid!”

Stuffy McInnis played shortstop for Gloucester High School and led them to the championship during the 1906 and 1907 seasons. During the summers of 1907 and 1908, he played for the Beverly Amateur Baseball Club and later joined the Haverhill Hustlers Professional Baseball Club. McInnis was scouted by the Philadelphia Athletics and was signed at the end of 1908. He was the youngest member of manager Connie Mack’s famed “$100,000 infield.”

During his 18-year career in the Major Leagues, McInnis won five World Series. He is known as one of baseball’s best defensive first basemen.

“Stuffy McInnis – Society for American Baseball Research.” https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/stuffy-mcinnis/.
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