Edward Hugh "Ned" Hanlon (August 22, 1857 – April 14, 1937) was an American 19th-century Major League Baseball player most notable for his career as a manager. His 1,313 game wins rank 28th among all managers.
The Athletics, upon learning of this deal, objected to Bierbauer’s signing and stated that he should return to the A’s, since that was the team that employed him before his defection. An official for the American Association also objected to Bierbauer signing with Allegheny and called the act "piratical." However the Alleghenies contended that because “the [American Association] did not reserve Bierbauer, he was a free agent". An arbitrator agreed, and soon players and fans alike were calling the team the "Pittsburgh Pirates."
In 1892 he moved to the Baltimore Orioles where, despite some growing pains, he experienced his greatest success. He led Baltimore to the National League title from 1894 to 1896 by playing inside baseball, and using innovative strategies, including the hit-and-run.
After two more successful, but not championship-calibre seasons with Baltimore, Hanlon moved to Brooklyn in 1899 to manage the Superbas, (Who were named after his acting company, Hanlon's Superbas) . After winning the National League pennant in 1899 and 1900, Hanlon's team faltered. In 1905, Hanlon's final season with the Superbas, the Superbas failed to win even a third of its games. Hanlon, realizing that the Superbas growing number of fans could not be held by the team's current park, tried to move the Superbas elwhere, but failed in this plan.
The following season, Hanlon moved to the Cincinnati Reds. After the 1907 season, he retired from managing. His teams finished in 6th place both of his seasons in Cincinnati.
Hanlon was later involved as the principal shareholder in the Baltimore franchise of the failed Federal League. He declined to manage the team.
After his death, Hanlon was interred in the New Cathedral Roman Catholic Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.
Hanlon's 1313 wins rank 26th all-time among managers. He finished his managerial career with a 1313–1164 record. Remarkably, from 1894 to 1900, he led teams to seven consecutive .600-plus winning percentages.