“Nuf Ced!”

“Nuf Ced” was a common phrase of Boston baseball fans during the early 20th Century to indicate the definitive end of a discussion.

The phrase was orignially coined by Michael T. McGreevey who operated the Third Base Saloon from 1884-1920 outside the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds (Fenway Park did not open until 1912). The Third Base Saloon was America’s first sports pub and baseball museum (The Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY did not open until 1939), and was the home of the Boston Royal Rooters fan club. McGreevey was a master of baseball knowledge and would umpire spirited debates and discussions about baseball while tending bar, shouting “Nuf Ced!” and thumping the bar with the authority of a judge to settle the patrons down.

The Boston Royal Rooters were led by McGreevey both at home and on the road. They supported the Boston Americans in the 1890s and continued with the Boston Red Sox during the Cy Young era in the early 1900s. Their heyday coincided with the run of Red Sox World Series victories beginning with the first World Series vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1903. In this regard they were the ancestors of Red Sox Nation today. The song “Tessie” revitalized by the Dropkick Murphys during the 2004 World Series originated with the Royal Rooters.

The Third Base Saloon was closed in 1920 with the beginning of Prohibition. In 2008 it was officially reopened at 911 Boylston Street in Boston and contains a replica of the original bar along with Boston Red Sox and Royal Rooters memorabilia. Today the Third Base Saloon remains the beating heart of Red Sox Nation and is once again often the last stop before home. Nuf Ced.

(Image from the McGreevey Collection at Boston Public Library).

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