Jack Manning

Jack Manning

Full Name: John E. Manning

Born: December 20, 1853 in Braintree, Massachusetts

Irish Roots: Manning and McDermott

Family Name: County Cork and Roscommon

Surname Origins: Manning is the equivalent of Gaelic Ó Mainnín ‘descendant of Mainnín’, probably an assimilated form of Mainchín, a diminutive of manach ‘monk’.


  •  First RBI in major league history

Bio: Manning’s parents, James Manning and Mary McDermott, were born in St. Mary’s, Cork City and Athleague, County Roscommon, respectively. 

On April 22, 1876, Manning and teammateTim McGinley teamed up to make baseball history! In the second inning of the Opening Day game, McGinley scored from third base on Manning’s sacrifice fly, giving the Boston Red Stockings a 1-0 lead over the host Philadelphia Athletics. The run was significant because it was the first run scored in major league history!

 Boston would go on to win by a score of 6-5 and Manning and McGinley, who were both sons of Irish immigrants, would go down in baseball history!