James Robert “Loafer” McAleer was an American center fielder, manager, and stockholder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Cleveland Spiders, and went on to manage the Cleveland Blues, St. Louis Browns, and Washington Senators. Shortly before his retirement, he became a major shareholder in the Boston Red Sox.
About Jimmy McAleer in brief
James Robert “Loafer” McAleer was an American center fielder, manager, and stockholder in Major League Baseball. He played for the Cleveland Spiders, and went on to manage the Cleveland Blues, St. Louis Browns, and Washington Senators. Shortly before his retirement, he became a major shareholder in the Boston Red Sox. During his brief tenure as co-owner of the Red Sox, he quarreled with longtime friend and colleague Ban Johnson, president of the American League. His sudden retirement damaged his professional reputation, and he received little recognition for his contributions to baseball. Today, he is most often remembered for initiating the customary request that the President of the United States throw out the first ball of the season. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, an industrial center located near the border of western Pennsylvania. He became involved with a Youngstown minor league baseball club in 1882, remaining with the team until 1884. In 1885, he joined another minor league organization in Charleston, South Carolina; and in 1887, he played for a team based in Memphis, Tennessee. He also participated in the Spiders’ victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the 1895 Temple Cup, a post-season series between the first and second-place teams in the National League. In later years, all three of the Mc Aleer brothers moved on to successful careers, and the oldest, Owen McAleers, Jr. served for a time as mayor of Los Angeles. In 1896, the Cleveland manager was jailed for attacking an umpire who \”decided it was too dark to continue a game\”.
On June 27, 1896, several Cleveland players to be fined by a Louisville judge for their role in the incident. On April 24, 1894, he assisted in Cleveland’s 1–0 victory over Cincinnati with a single in the ninth that drove home Ewing Buck, who had doubled. Along with teammates Cy Young, Jesse Burkett, John Clarkson, and Charles Zimmer, he placed the second place Spiders to second place in the second National League of that year’s season. In the second season of the league, he also helped Cleveland win the World Series against the New York Yankees. He died in New York City on September 11, 1913. He is buried in Mount Lebanon, Ohio. He had a son, Owen, who was a professional baseball player and a member of the Youngstown High School baseball coaching staff. He and his wife, Mary, had three children; their youngest, Owen Jr., was a well-known author and author of several books on baseball and baseball history. His son was also a successful baseball player, and later served as the mayor of L.A. and the city of Youngstown. In his last years, he was involved in the DeHaven Comedy Company, a theatrical road troupe that was organized in Youngtown. He won early recognition for a skill as a center fielder. His interest in show business remained a constant, and in later years he developed a strong friendship with Broadway composer and performer George M. Cohan.