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The Great Philadelphia Ballpark Riot

By Robert D. Warrington

This article was published in the 2013 The National Pastime.

The Phillies and their fans hated New York Giants manager John McGraw. This fact must be clearly understood if readers are to truly appreciate the story that follows. JOHN MCGRAW Nicknamed “Muggsy” and “Little Napoleon,” John McGraw was an easy man to detest. Sportswriter Grantland Rice observed, “There were many who hated John McGraw and to many of these he gave reason … He was the leader with the rasping, cutting voice that so often poured sarcasm and invective upon umpires, the enemy and his own players.” . . .

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