Ed Gallagher

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Edward Michael Gallagher

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Ed Gallagher is the only pitcher to have worn uniform number 1 in the major leagues, doing so during his brief stay with the last-place Boston Red Sox in 1932. He went 0-3, 12.55 in 9 games, giving up 36 runs on 30 hits and 28 walks in 23 2/3 innings; he only struck out 6 opponents. The Red Sox were desperate for pitching that year, which explains why they gave so much mound time to the obviously unprepared 21-year-old local kid.

He left baseball soon afterwards and became personal secretary to James Roosevelt, the son of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was in the insurance business in Boston, MA. He was the state chairman of FDR's presidential reelection campaign in 1936, and then was a secretary to the President himself for two years after that. Starting in 1946, he headed his own insurance company, running it until he passed away in 1981. He was very involved in the community, serving as president of the Boston College Alumni Association, president of radio station WORL and of the Wonderland Race Track in Revere, MA.

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