Edward Hugh 'Ned' Hanlon (August 22, 1857 - April 14, 1937) was an American 19th-century Major League Baseball player most notable for his career as a manager. His 1,313 game wins rank 28th among all managers. Hanlon was born to Irish-American parents in Montville, Connecticut. He went to parochial school where his greatest love was baseball. After early schooling, Hanlon broke into the National League with the Cleveland Blues in 1880. He played until 1892 with several different teams. His playing career was unexceptional. In 1889 Hanlon was hired as the manager of the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, coming into his own and beginning what would be an illustrious career. He left the team in 1890 for the Pittsburgh Burghers of the rivial upstart Players' League, before rejoining Allegheny once that league folded. In 1891, Louis Bierbauer, a second baseman who played with the Philadelphia Athletics of the American Association, signed with the upstart Players' League.
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