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Index card featuring signature of Philadelphia Athletics infielder dated October 10, 1957
Autograph Note Signed: "Jack Barry" 3x5 ruled index card, written and signed in black ink in full: "With best wishes Kenneth/Jack Barry/Oct. 10th 1957". John "Jack" Barry (1887-1961) was a shortstop and second baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics (1908-1915) and the Boston Red Sox (1915-1919). He made his debut with the Athletics in 1908 and quickly earned the respect of his teammates. His incredible ability to field well made up for his average bat. He received votes to receive the MVP award across all of baseball four years in a row, in the 1911-1914 seasons. Barry served in the military in 1918 but came back to play part-time for the Red Sox in 1919. Adhesive on corners. Toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: April 26, 1887 in Meriden, Connecticut
Died: April 23, 1961 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Baseball Career:
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 9" Weight: 158
Managed First Game: April 11, 1917 ; Managed Final Game: October 4, 1917

Jack Barry
This article was written by Norman Macht and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

The least known member of the Athletics' famous $100,000 infield, Jack Barry was a .243 career hitter with little power and average speed, who nonetheless earned the respect and admiration of his peers because he did the so-called "little things" well: pulling off the squeeze play, turning the double play, and hitting in the clutch, among others. Playing in an era that espoused the virtues of the "inside" style of play, the quiet, brainy shortstop was thought by many teammates, opponents, and writers to be the most valuable member of Mack's famous infield. As Philadelphia Inquirer writer Edgar Wolfe (writing under the nom de plume Jim Nasium) put it in 1913, "Barry is the weakest hitter of the quartet, but his hits are always timely and his sensational fielding is something that cannot be computed in cold, soulless figures." Ty Cobb once called him the most feared hitter on the A's, and Hughie Jennings declared that "I'd rather have Barry than any .400 hitter in the business. . . In a pinch he hits better than anybody in our league outside of Cobb."

John Joseph Barry was born April 26, 1887 in Meriden, Connecticut, the oldest child of Patrick and Mary Doohan Barry, natives of County Kerry, Ireland. Patrick Barry owned a saloon, and his family lived atop an incline at 24 Hillside Avenue. There was a barn on the corner of the property, and young Jack developed his speed and agility by throwing a ball over the barn roof and dashing around to the other side to catch it on the way down.

Jack attended St. Rose parochial school and Meriden High, where his team twice won the state championship. His infield play prompted local Holy Cross athletic boosters to arrange for him to attend Holy Cross prep school, a division of the College of the Holy Cross. He arrived in the fall of 1902 and played every infield position during his two years at the prep school and four years at the College. By the spring of 1908 a half dozen major league teams were eager to sign the Holy Cross senior. The White Sox asked Meriden's most prominent citizen, Ed Walsh, to talk to him. They were all too late. Connie Mack's brother, Tom, a hotel owner in Worcester, had kept his brother informed about Barry since 1905. In the fall of 1907 Tom had invited Barry to meet the Athletics' manager at the hotel. At the meeting Barry asked for a $500 signing bonus. Mack agreed, but asked Barry not to say anything about it, as it was not his policy to pay such bonuses. (Barry never mentioned it outside his family.) Barry signed a 1908 contract, and joined the A's in June after the college season ended.

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