Michael T. McGreevy

Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy (June 16, 1865 – February 2, 1943) was the leader of the most vocal fans of the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox), known as the "Royal Rooters", and owner of a Boston bar called the Third Base Saloon.

Michael T. McGreevy
Michael T. McGreevy
McGreevy in 1903
BornJune 16, 1865
DiedFebruary 2, 1943 (aged 77)
Roxbury, Massachusetts
Resting placeMount Calvary Cemetery in Roslindale, Massachusetts
Known forLeader of the Royal Rooters
Owner of the Third Base Saloon
Nuf Ced Button
This pin featuring McGreevy's nickname, "Nuf Ced", was produced by McGreevy around the time of the 1903 World Series; it was added to the Boston Public Library's collection in 1923.


McGreevy's bar got its name because, like third base, it was the last stop before home. His saloon was Boston's original sports bar—it was decorated in a baseball theme, with pictures of the players, and a scoreboard on the outside wall. His nickname, "Nuf Ced", was given to him because that was what he usually shouted to end barroom disputes, usually about the Boston Americans and the Boston Braves. He was an avid member of the L Street Brownies, one of the oldest polar bear swim clubs in the country.[1]

McGreevy amassed a rich collection of photographs, clippings, and other baseball memorabilia. When Prohibition forced McGreevy to close Third Base, he donated his collection to the Boston Public Library. Author Glenn Stout (A Red Sox Century) helped popularize the collection when he worked at the library.

The theme song of the Royal Rooters was "Tessie" from the Broadway musical "The Silver Slipper". McGreevy was immortalized in a 2004 remake of the song by the Irish American punk band Dropkick MurphysTessie, Nuff Ced McGreevy shouted, We're not here to mess around.[2] The song was subsequently part of the soundtrack of the 2005 movie Fever Pitch concerning fans of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season.

In 2008, Dropkick Murphys bassist Ken Casey re-opened Third Base, although it is no longer known as such. Now the tavern is known as McGreevy's, and can be converted to open-air. There is also a sign on the front of the bar that says "1200 Steps to Fenway Park." It is on Boylston Street across from the Hynes Convention Center located in the Back Bay of Boston.


  1. ^ Nash, Peter. "Nuf Ced McGreevy". Society for American Baseball Research.
  2. ^ "Tessie". lyrics.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.

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1903 Boston Americans season

The 1903 Boston Americans season was the third season for the professional baseball franchise that later became known as the Boston Red Sox. The Americans finished first in the American League (AL) with a record of 91 wins and 47 losses, ​14 1⁄2 games ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics. Boston went on to participate in the first World Series held between the AL and National League (NL) champions. The Americans won the 1903 World Series in eight games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team was managed by Jimmy Collins and played their home games at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Bill Carrigan

William Francis Carrigan (October 22, 1883 – July 8, 1969), nicknamed "Rough", was a Major League baseball catcher and manager. He played for the Boston Red Sox between 1906 and 1916, and he was a player-manager for the last four of those seasons. In 1915 and 1916, Carrigan's teams won back-to-back World Series, he was the only Red Sox manager to accomplish that feat in franchise history. He was said to exert a positive influence on young Red Sox star Babe Ruth, serving as his roommate and his manager.

After his playing career, Carrigan was a partner in a large chain of New England vaudeville and movie theaters. He returned to the Red Sox as a manager between 1927 and 1929; the team finished in last place in each of those seasons. He then returned to his native Lewiston, where he was named a bank president in 1953 and where he died in 1969.

Enough Said (disambiguation)

Enough Said may refer to:

Enough Said (film), a 2013 film with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini

"Enough Said" (song), a 2012 song by Aaliyah, released posthumously

"Enough Said", a song by Devo from New Traditionalists

Jake Stahl

Garland "Jake" Stahl (April 13, 1879 – September 18, 1922) was an American first baseman and manager in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, and New York Highlanders. A graduate of the University of Illinois, he was a member of the Kappa Kappa chapter of Sigma Chi. He started off as a catcher before being traded to the Senators, where he moved to first base full-time, with occasional stints in the outfield. He was regarded as a good fielder and an average hitter, although he did lead all hitters in the American League in home runs with 10 in 1910. He also struck out 128 times that year, a record that would stand until 1938.

As a player-manager, he led the Senators to two seventh-place finishes, and in his second managerial stint led the Red Sox to the 1912 World Series title. His success was short-lived, as he had a falling-out with his teammates and resigned midway through the 1913 season. His successor, Bill Carrigan, would win two more World Series titles for the Sox. Stahl died of tuberculosis in Monrovia, California at age 43.Stahl has a measure of immortality as the acknowledged eponym of the term "jaking it", a baseball phrase for faking an injury to stay out of the lineup, or otherwise loafing.Stahl was not related to Red Sox teammate Chick Stahl, despite contemporary accounts erroneously listing them as brothers.

Ken Casey

Kenneth William "Ken" Casey Jr. (born April 15, 1969) is the bass guitarist, primary songwriter, and one of the lead singers of the Boston Celtic punk group the Dropkick Murphys. Casey was one of the original members, starting the band in 1996 with guitarist Rick Barton and singer Mike McColgan. He is the only original member of the Dropkick Murphys left in the band, though drummer Matt Kelly joined shortly after formation in 1997. He is known for his melodic vocal parts and solid punk rock bass playing. Dropkick Murphys released their ninth album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory on January 6, 2017. Casey also founded the charity group The Claddagh Fund, owns his own bar in Boston and runs his own boxing promotion called Murphys Boxing. Casey has a small role in the 2016 film Patriots Day which is about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent terrorist manhunt.

L Street Brownies

The L Street Brownies are a polar bear club based in South Boston, Massachusetts. Organized in 1902, it is one of the oldest such clubs in the United States. Although the Brownies swim year round, they are best known for their annual New Year's Day plunge in Dorchester Bay.


McGreevy may refer to :

John McGreevy, American historian

Michael T. McGreevy, American baseball fan

Sean McGreevy, Gaelic footballer

Thomas McGreevy, Canadian politician

Royal Rooters

The original Royal Rooters were a fan club for the Boston Americans, which in 1908 changed its name to the Boston Red Sox, in the early 20th century. They were led by Michael T. McGreevy, who owned a Boston bar called Third Base Saloon. While M.T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy was certainly the spiritual (in both libations and foundations) leader of the Royal Rooters, Mayor of Boston John F. Fitzgerald, the maternal grandfather of John F. Kennedy, served as chairman for a while, and during that time, M.J. Regan was the secretary. Other members included C.J. Lavis, L. Watson, T. S. Dooley, J. Keenan, and W. Cahill, among others. Their theme song was "Tessie" from the Broadway musical "The Silver Slipper". Though the musical ran for less than six months, the song has gone down in history. The original Rooters disbanded in 1918.Their spirit lives on via the current version of the Royal Rooters represented within a group known as Royal Rooters of Red Sox Nation. The current Rooters are based in the Boston area and meet informally for Red Sox games as well as for "outings" in various locations around the country. There is a fairly large contingent in New York City, and their base has been the Riviera Café (known as "The Riv") in the West Village.

The current members of Red Sox Nation kept in touch most often through a dedicated website, Redsoxnation.net, which has since gone defunct. The combination message board, fan forum, and blog had several thousand members.


"Tessie" is both the longtime anthem of the Boston Red Sox and a 2004 song by the punk rock group Dropkick Murphys. The original "Tessie" was from the 1902 Broadway musical The Silver Slipper. The newer song, written in 2004, recounts how the singing of the original "Tessie" by the Royal Rooters fan club helped the Boston Americans win the first World Series in 1903. The name Tessie itself is a diminutive form used with several names, including Esther, Tess, and Theresa/Teresa.

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