Edward Hugh Hanlon
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 9½", Weight 170 lb.
- Debut May 1, 1880
- Final Game September 15, 1892
- Born August 22, 1857 in Montville, CT USA
- Died April 14, 1937 in Baltimore, MD USA
Hall of Fame manager Ned Hanlon broke into the National League with the Cleveland Blues in 1880 and played until 1892 with several different teams, accumulating 13 seasons in the big leagues as a player. He began what would be an illustrious career as manager when he took the helm of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys in 1889, and eventually became the manager of the famous and successful 19th-Century Baltimore Orioles.
As a player Ned was an outfielder. Offensively he drew lots of walks and stole bases. While not usually a factor with the bat, he did finish ninth in the National League in batting in 1885, while playing for the Detroit Wolverines. In 1887, the Wolverines dominated baseball, winning the National League pennant and then the 19th-Century equivalent of the World Series.
He began as a manager as the last of three managers with the 1889 Pittsburgh team. While the previous two managers had been under .500, the team under Ned went 26-18.
Hanlon moved to the Baltimore Orioles in 1892 where, despite some growing pains, he would experience his greatest success. Baltimore won the National League title from 1894 to 1896 by playing inside baseball, using innovative strategies including the hit-and-run. After two more successful, but not championship-calibre, seasons with Baltimore, Hanlon moved to Brooklyn to helm the Superbas in 1899. After winning the National League pennant again that year and in 1900, Hanlon's teams faltered. In 1905, his final season with the Superbas, his team failed to win even a third of its games. The following season, 1906, Hanlon moved to the helm of the Cincinnati Reds. He retired from managing after the 1907 season, having finished in 6th place in both of his seasons in Cincinnati.
Hanlon finished his managerial career with a 1,313-1,164 record. His 1313 wins ranks 26th all-time among managers. Remarkably, he led teams to seven consecutive .600-plus winning percentages from 1894 to 1900.
In addition to his playing and managerial career, he filled in as an umpire for one game in the National League in 1892.
After baseball he became a politician in Baltimore, serving on the Parks Board.
Ned Hanlon is interred in the New Cathedral Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.
"He seemed not to care what anyone thought of him and that was his strength, the quality that made him a natural leader. There was an apartness about him that lent him an air of mystery-and command." - Burt Solomon in his 1999 book Where they Ain't.
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1886 & 1890)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 5 (1886, 1887 & 1889-1891)
- NL Pennants: 5 (1894-1896, 1899 & 1900)
- 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 1 (1899)
- Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1996
|Pittsburgh Alleghenys Manager
|Pittsburgh Pirates Manager
|Brooklyn Superbas Manager
|Cincinnati Reds Manager