The Father of New York Baseball, Truthful Jim Mutrie took it on the heel and toe throughout the street of New York, trying to raise money for a professional ballclub. The man was laughed out many joints but eventually raised enough money to start a pro team in the American Association. His New York Metropolitans began with a 54-42 record in 1883 and the next year, Mutrie led the team to an American Association pennant.
Mutrie cast his lot with the National League in 1885, manning the New York Giants. He gave the team its nickname during practice. He watched his team warmup, and noted the size of fellows like Roger Connor and Buck Ewing, and remarked that “they are giants of the game as well as in stature,” as the legend goes.
His first year at the helm of the mighty Giants, Jim led them to an amazing 85-27 record. Their winning percentages dropped the next two years but then Mutrie led his team to back-to-back titles in 1888 and 1889. On his roster were such notables as Hall of Famers Buck Ewing, Orator O’Rourke, Roger Connor, Tim Keefe, John M. Ward and Mickey Welch, as well as stars Silent Mike Tiernan and George Gore.
Jim Mutrie built the first Giants dynasty and the first dynasty in The Big Apple. The Giants were star performers long before John McGraw made his way there and Jim Mutrie was the man responsible for it.
Mutrie’s career win-loss record: 1,114-658 with 3 pennants and 2 World Series titles.