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From 1915 through 1920, Mike McNally served as a reliable backup infielder for the Boston Red Sox before being involved in one of the many trades made by owner Harry Frazee with the New York Yankees. McNally was included in the trade that sent McNally, Waite Hoyt, Harry Hooper and Wally Schang to the Yankees for four players that would either be out of baseball or moved to other teams within a few years. Meanwhile, Hoyt went on to have a hall of fame career with the Yankees.
Anyway, as today would have been Mike McNally’s 116th birthday, it’s time to remember the good times. McNally appeared only once in the 1916 World Series, in game 2 as a pinch runner in a 1-1 game between the Red Sox and the Brooklyn Robins. Babe Ruth and Sherry Smith were locked in a pitching duel for 13 long innings before pinch hitter Del Gainer knocked in McNally to give the Red Sox a 2-1 victory.
McNally would appear in 2 more World Series after his trade from Boston, and had at least one more great moment in the 1921 World Series. In Game 1, McNally had a lead off double to start the fifth inning. After a bunt groundout moved him over to third, McNally stole home plate after a strikeout, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead in an eventual 3-0 win.
For his solid performance as a back up infielder, and his dramatic moments on the big stage of the World Series, Happy 116th Birthday, Mike McNally!