Jimmy McAleer (1864–1931) was an American center fielder, manager, and
stockholder in Major League Baseball who helped establish the American
League. He spent most of his 13-season playing career with the
Cleveland Spiders, and went on to manage the Cleveland Blues, St. Louis
Browns, and Washington Senators. Shortly before his retirement, he
became a major shareholder in the Boston Red Sox. His career ended
abruptly. During his brief tenure as co-owner of the Red Sox, McAleer
quarreled with longtime friend and colleague Ban Johnson, president of
the American League. McAleer's rift with Johnson, along with his sudden
retirement, damaged his professional reputation, and he received little
recognition for his contributions to baseball. Today, he is most often
remembered for initiating the customary request that the President of
the United States throw out the first ball of the season.
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with support from the special forces of Charles Taylor's National
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overthrow Joseph Saidu Momoh.
The Russian Federal Space Agency forced the space station Mir to
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nature is not separated from his social existence, but becomes one with
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and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence, then any
society which excludes, relatively, the development of love, must in
the long run perish of its own contradiction with the basic necessities
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