Sport: MacCool's the Name

Who in the name of Abner Doubleday is Finn MacCool? Perhaps a first baseman Branch Rickey spotted in. Nellies Apron, Ark.? What's his batting average?

When lean, soft-spoken Arthur Daley made an offhand reference to MacCool in his New York Times sports column, readers scurried to the record books. They found Finn's name nowhere, and wrote indignantly to Daley, to say so. Last week, Daley wrote a column about the greatest fielder and base runner of his time.

Finn MacCool was first & foremost a fighter (he killed Aillin, a goblin who was annoying Ireland) but he also took a little exercise for...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!