Tom Loftus

Thomas Joseph Loftus (November 15, 1856 – April 16, 1910) was a manager in the American Association, the National League, and the American League. His playing career began in 1877 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings of the National League, but he only played in nine career games in 1877 and 1883 as an outfielder. His first managerial job came in 1884 with the Milwaukee Brewers of the short-lived Union Association (it only lasted one year), in which he only managed 12 games (going 8–4).

Loftus took over as manager of the Cleveland Spiders, then known as the Blues, partway through the 1888 season after Jimmy Williams resigned.[1] In 1890, he was hired to manage the Cincinnati Reds, who had recently made the jump from the American Association to the National League. He left the game after the 1891 season, but he came back to manage the Chicago Orphans and the Washington Senators, and in each of his managerial stops, he would have part ownership of the team.

Loftus died in Dubuque, Iowa at the age of 53.

Tom Loftus
Tom Loftus
Tom Loftus in 1902
Born: November 15, 1856
St. Louis, Missouri
Died: August 16, 1910 (aged 53)
Dubuque, Iowa
Batted: Right Threw: Unknown
MLB debut
August 17, 1877, for the St. Louis Brown Stockings
Last MLB appearance
May 13, 1883, for the St. Louis Browns
MLB statistics
Batting average.182
Managerial record454-580
As player

As manager


  1. ^ "A New Manager". The Plain Dealer. July 14, 1888. p. 5.

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1883 St. Louis Browns season

The St. Louis Browns 1883 season was the team's second season in St. Louis, Missouri and its second season in the American Association. The Browns went 65–33 during the season and finished second in the American Association.

1888 Cleveland Blues season

The 1888 Cleveland Blues baseball team finished with a 50–82 record, sixth place in the American Association.

1889 Cleveland Spiders season

Before the 1889 season, the Cleveland Blues switched from the American Association to the National League. They also earned a new nickname, the Cleveland Spiders, because so many of their players were very skinny. They finished their first season in the National League with a 61–72 record, good enough for sixth place.

1890 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1890 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 77–55, 10½ behind the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Directly after the season ended, owner Aaron Stern sold the club to Al Johnson.

1891 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1891 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. Shortly before the start of the baseball season, owner Al Johnson sold the club to John T. Brush. The team finished in a tie for last place in the National League with the Pittsburgh Pirates with a record of 56–81, 30.5 games behind the Boston Beaneaters.

1900 Chicago Orphans season

The 1900 Chicago Orphans season was the 29th season of the Chicago Orphans franchise, the 25th in the National League and the 8th at West Side Park. The Orphans tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for fifth in the National League with a record of 65–75.

1901 Chicago Orphans season

The 1901 Chicago Orphans season was the 30th season of the Chicago Orphans franchise, the 26th in the National League and the 9th at West Side Park. The Orphans finished sixth in the National League with a record of 53–86. The team was also known as the Remnants, due to many Orphans players leaving at the end of the 1900 season to join the upstart American League.

1901 Major League Baseball season

The 1901 Major League Baseball season, involved the inaugural season of the American League. The eight franchises that comprised the AL that year were the original Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Americans, the Chicago White Stockings, the Cleveland Blues, the Detroit Tigers, the original Milwaukee Brewers, the Philadelphia Athletics and the original Washington Senators.

1902 Major League Baseball season

The 1902 Major League Baseball season, involved the Milwaukee Brewers moving to St. Louis and becoming the St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago Orphans were renamed as the Cubs.

1902 Washington Senators season

The 1902 Washington Senators won 61 games, lost 75, and finished in sixth place in the American League. They were managed by Tom Loftus and played home games at American League Park II.

1903 Washington Senators season

The 1903 Washington Senators won 43 games, lost 94, and finished in eighth place in the American League. They were managed by Tom Loftus and played home games at National Park.

Washington had finished in sixth place in each of the previous two seasons (the first two seasons of the American League's existence). However, they fell to eighth and last in 1903. Their only star player, Big Ed Delahanty, got drunk and fell off a bridge into Niagara Falls midway through the season.

The Senators' pitching had always been bad, and indeed, they would allow the most runs in the AL, but without Delahanty the offense sputtered to a halt. Their collective batting average was .231, bad even for the dead-ball era, and no one drove in more than 49 runs.

Columbus Senators

The Columbus Senators Minor league baseball team was born in 1888 as a founding member of the Tri-State League. After that, the Senators played in the Western League (1897-1899), Interstate League (1900) Western Association (1901) and American Association (1902–1930). The team represented Columbus, Ohio, and played their home games at Recreation Park and Neil Park.

In their first season, the Senators finished in third place with a 64-50 record. The nickname was used again in 1897, when the Columbus team in the Western League changed its name from the Columbus Buckeyes to the Senators. Columbus competed until 1899, when the team had to move before the season was completed. In 1900, Columbus also posted a Senators club in the Interstate League, moving to the Western Association in 1901.

By 1902, the Senators became one of the founding members of the new American Association. Before the 1905 season the team owner built Neil Park, the first concrete-and-steel stadium in the minor leagues. From 1905 through 1907, the Senators won the league title,losing the Junior World Series in 1906 and 1907. The team declined after that, and never finished higher than fourth place between 1919 and 1930. The 1905 Senators were recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time.In 1931, the St. Louis Cardinals took control of the Columbus team as part of their developing minor league system and renamed them the Columbus Red Birds.

Leinster GAA

The Leinster Council is a Provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders and handball in the province of Leinster. The Leinster Council has been partnered with the European County Board to help develop Gaelic Games in Europe. Leinster Council's main contribution to this goal is the provision of referees.

List of Cleveland Spiders managers

The Cleveland Spiders were a Major League Baseball team that played in Cleveland, Ohio. They played in the American Association when it was considered a major league from 1887 through 1888 and in the National League from 1889 through 1899. From 1887 through 1888 the team was named the Cleveland Blues. During their time as a Major League team, the Spiders employed 7 managers. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field.The Spiders' first manager was Jimmy Williams, who managed the team as the Cleveland Blues in 1887 and the beginning of the 1888 season. Williams managed a total of 197 games for the team, winning just 59 against 136 losses for a winning percentage of .303. This low winning percentage would prove one of the best in team history.

After Tom Loftus, Gus Schmelz and Robert Leadley handled the managerial duties from the middle of the 1888 season though the middle of the 1891 season, first baseman Patsy Tebeau became the Spiders' player-manager 69 games into the 1891 season. Tebeau would manage the Spiders through the end of the 1898 season. Tebeau holds the Spiders' records for most games managed, with 1040, most wins as manager, with 579, most losses as manager, with 436, and highest winning percentage, with .570. Tebeau is in fact the only Spiders' manager to have won more games than he lost. In 1894 and 1895, Tebeau had the distinction of managing his brother George Tebeau, who played outfield and first base for the team.In 1899, third baseman Lave Cross became the Spiders' player-manager. The Spiders won just 8 of 38 games under Cross, for a winning percentage of just .211, before Cross was replaced as player-manager by second baseman Joe Quinn. The Spiders performed even more poorly under Quinn, winning just 12 games and losing 104, for a winning percentage of .103. The Spiders' 1899 record of 20 wins and 134 losses under Cross and Quinn is the worst in professional baseball history, and the team was dropped from the Major Leagues after the season.

Memphis Reds (League Alliance)

The Memphis Reds were a minor league baseball team from Memphis, Tennessee, that played in the League Alliance in 1877.

Milwaukee Brewers (UA)

The Milwaukee Brewers served as a replacement team late in the 1884 Union Association season. Called the Cream Citys by both local papers, they had a record of 8-4. The team came to the UA from the Northwestern League, as did the St. Paul Saints, and were managed by Tom Loftus. They played their home games at the Wright Street Grounds.

Although their season was brief, it was highlighted by a 5-0 no-hitter tossed by Ed Cushman on September 28 and an 18-strikeout game by Henry Porter on Oct. 3.

They joined the new Western League for the 1885 season before folding and being replaced by a separate Milwaukee Brewers team that played the following year in the Northwestern League.

Operation Boptrot

Operation Boptrot, also referred to as Boptrot, was an investigation by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into corruption among the Kentucky General Assembly, the Commonwealth's legislature. The operation was highly successful, with the investigation culminating in several indictments in 1992, leading to the conviction of more than a dozen legislators between 1992 and 1995. The investigation also led to reform legislation being passed in 1993.

Thomas A. Loftus

Thomas A. "Tom" Loftus (born April 24, 1945) is an American diplomat and politician from Wisconsin. Loftus, a Democrat, served as United States Ambassador to Norway from 1993 to 1998 and as Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1983 to 1991.

Thomas Loftus

Tom Loftus (Irish: Tomás Ó Lochtuis) was a former Chairman of the Leinster Provincial Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

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