Denny McKnight in 1900
Born: January 29, 1848|
Died: May 5, 1900 (aged 52)|
Last MLB appearance
Career highlights and awards
Harmar Denny McKnight (January 29, 1848 – May 5, 1900), son of Robert McKnight, 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,
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American Association and move to the National League
McKnight served as President of the American Association until he was ousted in
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The Alleghenys were severely crippled during the
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- "Baseball: The Early Years, pgs. 217-218". Harold Seymour. Retrieved 2008-03-15.
- Kovacevic, Dejan (April 27, 2006). "St. Louis trumps Pirates' rally, 4-3". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Purdy, Dennis (2006). The Team-by-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. New York City: Workman. ISBN 0-7611-3943-5.
|Pittsburg Alleghenys Owner
| Succeeded by|
William A. Nimick
|American Association President
| Succeeded by|
Wheeler C. Wyckoff