Denny McKnight

Denny McKnight

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Harmar Denny McKnight (January 29, 1848 – May 5, 1900) was the founding owner of the Allegheny Baseball Club of Pittsburgh in anticipation of playing in the new American Association. He founded the club on October 15, . The club then became known as the Pittsburgh Alleghenys (now known as the Pittsburgh Pirates). McKnight also managed the club at the beginning of the season.

American Association and move to the National League

McKnight served as President of the American Association until he was ousted in . His ouster was result of a controversey surrounding St. Louis Browns player Sam Barkley. In March 1886, Browns owner Chris Von der Ahe offered Barkley for $1000 to Allegheny, the first team to pay the money. Billy Barnie, the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, was able to have Barkley sign an undated contract with his team and wired the $1000 asking price to Von der Ahe. However Von der Ahe had already secured a deal with McKnight who was still the Alleghenys' owner. Barkley was convinced by Von der Aheto play for the Allegheny club instead of Baltimore. However the Orioles appealed the decision by McKnight, who used his position as the President of American Association to decided where Barkley would play. It was later decided that the American Association would suspended and fined Barkley for signing with Allegheny. However McKnight refused Barkley's punishment and did not tell Barkley he would be suspended for the year. Barkley sued the Association, but they settled...
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