Mickey and Johnny McGraw, two young Irish brothers, arrived at
Johnny moved from town to town taking whatever jobs he could get, and in 1871 he settled in the town of
Tragedy struck the family in the winter of 1884, when a debilitating fever swept through the family. Little Johnny's mother was the first to succumb, and his half-sister Anna, 13, died shortly thereafter. By the time the month of January in 1885 had passed, three more McGraw children had died.
In his despair Mr. McGraw became abusive toward his son and had no tolerance for the lad’s passion for the sport of baseball. Young John ran away from home at the age of 12. From that day onward, he was raised by a kindly neighbor, Mary Goddard, under whose care he did quite well….
Thus endeth the melodramatic prologue to the story of John McGraw, the greatest figure in the history of the Giants.