James E. Gaffney

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James Edward Gaffney (March 7, 1868 – August 17, 1932) was the owner of the Boston Braves of the National League from 1912, when he purchased the club from the estate of William Hepburn Russell, to 1916, when he sold the franchise to Percy Haughton.[1]

Gaffney was born in New York City to Patrick Gaffney and Anne Masterson, Irish immigrants. In 1890, he married Essie Smith, whose family held numerous valuable properties in Manhattan. Gaffney was a Tammany Hall alderman and construction company owner. While the owner of the Braves, he built Braves Field in Boston.


  1. ^ "P.D. HAUGHTON BUYS BOSTON NATIONALS; Harvard Football Coach Heads Syndicate of Baseball Club Owners. STALLINGS AS MANAGER James E. Gaffney Surprises Sporting Circles by Disposing of Braves -- Price Said to be $500,000. P.D. HAUGHTON BUYS BOSTON NATIONALS". New York Times. 9 January 1916. Retrieved 17 August 2015.