Nuf Ced: The Story of "Nuf Ced" McGreevey

Bleacher Report Senior Writer INovember 13, 2008

Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy is one of the most knowledgeable baseball men ever. He was a vocal leader for the Boston Americans during the late 1800s, despite not even playing for them.

McGreevy's birth date and birthplace are unknown, though it has been guessed that he was born between the 1850s and 1860s, somewhere in Massachusetts.

McGreevy became a very good amateur ball player, but never became a professional. However, he was very successful in life. He became a wealthy businessman at the age of 31, and opened a bar called "3rd Base." It was so called because it was usually the last stop before home for the "Royal Rooters."

The Royal Rooters were a fanbase of Boston American fans in the late 1890s and early 1900s. The famous "Tessie" song originated from the Royal Rooters. They were called the most loyal fans in any sport.

At 3rd Base there were pictures of McGreevy's favorite ball players all over the walls. There was also baseball memorabilia and gadgetry.

He had huge pictures of Red Sox first baseman Buck Freeman and Hall of Fame second baseman Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie. Outside of the bar, there was a manual scoreboard which McGreevy always updated.

So how did McGreevy get the nickname "Nuf Ced"? I'll tell you.

At the bar, the topic of discussion, or rather debate, was baseball, and usually about the local teams. McGreevy would always outsmart other fans in the bar and after proving someone wrong, he would holler, "Nuf Ced!"

He was not just known throughout Boston; he was a very famous and likeable guy around the baseball community. With McGreevy and the Royal Rooters, baseball in Boston became great.

During McGreevy's time (1894 to 1918), the Americans, Beaneaters, and later Red Sox, won six pennants and one World Series title.

In 1918, the Royal Rooters disbanded. Odd that they would split up as soon as Babe Ruth left to go to the Yankees.

Let's not explain what happened there. After the split-up, McGreevy donated his books, pictures, and memorabilia to the Boston Public Library.

'Nuff said.


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