Jack Dunn
Jack Dunn
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1872
Date of Death: 1928
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Occupation: Professional baseball player, businessman
Sports Team: Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies
Turtledove Appearances:
"The House That George Built"
POD: 1914
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
John Joseph "Jack" Dunn (October 6, 1872 – October 22, 1928) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher at the turn of the 20th century. He later went on to become a minor league baseball club owner. In 1907, he took over management of the Baltimore Orioles, and bought the team the following year. He scouted and developed his own players. Arguably his most famous player was Babe Ruth, who quickly became the Orioles star player. However, due to financial pressures created by cross-town Federal League rival, the Baltimore Terrapins, Dunn moved the team to Richmond in 1914, and sold off Ruth. Ruth went on to major league stardom.

Dunn returned to Baltimore in 1916, and ran the team until his death in 1928.

Jack Dunn in "The House That George Built"Edit

In 1914, Jack Dunn was very worried about politician Carroll Wilson Rasin's plan to start a Federal League team to Baltimore. Fearing a possible business drain on his Baltimore Orioles, Dunn gave thought to selling several of his players, including George Ruth. While Dunn fielded several offers, he changed his mind when Rasin proved unable to start a new team.

Ruth stayed with the Orioles, and while he attained the status of a local hero, he never achieved major league stardom.