Sport: Four Straight Jake

In 1880 Jacob Ruppert, aged 13, was owner, manager, captain and second baseman of a baseball club. Son of a well-to-do Manhattan brewer with a home on Fifth Avenue, he made his players clean the cages of his private menagerie before he would bring the bat and ball down to the vacant lot where they played. He fired any player who struck out. For young Jake could not bear to see his team lose.

At 19 Jacob Ruppert went to work in his father's brewery, at 23 he was general manager, at 29 he...

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