This Day In Bonaventure History

By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93

This Day in Bonaventure History

April 2, 1869

Believe it or not, St. Bonaventure University has two alumni enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Two friends, Hugh Jennings and John McGraw, are among the proud number of players in the Hall in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Jennings, born on this day near Scranton, Pa. played professional baseball for three years with the Louisville Colonels. But in 1894 Jennings, at the advice of his longtime friend McGraw, came to Bonaventure to get a quality education while also helping out the baseball program. He was a player-coach from 1894-97, yet he still played for the Baltimore Orioles during the collegiate offseason. The Orioles even won a few championships during this time.

According to legend, Jennings never batted less than .328 while playing for the Orioles.

But after over ten years in Baltimore, Jennings retired and was named manager of the Detroit Tigers in 1907. He won three pennants in his first three years. He was never able to win a world championship, however. Jennings left the Tigers in 1920 and joined McGraw with the New York Giants as his assistant manager.

Sadly in 1925 a serious illness forced Jennings to leave baseball. He died three years later.

He was elected to the Hall in 1939.

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