Cieradkowski: Jack Dunn and the 1921 Orioles

From SABR member Gary Cieradkowski at Studio Gary C on April 27, 2020:

The best way to start with the 1921 Baltimore Orioles is with their owner and manager, Jack Dunn.

Before he became arguably the most successful owner/manager in minor league history, Jack Dunn was a ballplayer. Born in Pennsylvania but raised in Bayonne, New Jersey, Jack Dunn carved out a nice seven year career in the majors, pitching for the Dodgers, Phillies, Orioles and Giants from 1897 to 1904. When his arm started to go, Dunn sat on the bench and soaked up all he could from his managers, particularly John McGraw. In 1907 Dunn returned to play for Baltimore, which had been relegated to a minor league team by then. He also managed the team, enjoying the position so much that he purchased the franchise two years later.

Like almost all minor league teams at the time, the Orioles were independent – in other words there was no Major League team helping them out.

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Originally published: May 1, 2020. Last Updated: May 1, 2020.