Timothy James 'Tim' Mara (July 29, 1887 February 16, 1959) was the founder and administrator of the New York Giants of the National Football League. The Giants, under Mara, won NFL championships in 1934, 1938, and 1956 and divisional titles in 1933, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1958, and 1959. Mara was born into poverty on New York's Lower East Side, of Irish descent, the son of Elizabeth (ne Harris) and John Mara, a policeman. At the age of 13, he quit school in order to find work to support his mother. His first job was as an usher in a theater. He then worked as a newsboy selling newspapers on the streets. This job brought him into contact with many of New Yorks bookmakers (or bookies), which was a legal business at the time. He soon became a runner for the bookies, earning five percent of the bets he collected and receiving tips from winners when he delivered their cash. By age 18, he was an established bookmaker himself.
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