James Henry Manning was born in Fall River, Wisconsin,
March 1, 1862. He lived in that town until the attainment of his
majority, attended the public and high schools, and afterwards took a
course at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston.
Always interested in athletic sports, he
early showed marvelous skill in base ball. He began to play
professional ball in the summer of 1883, working as a pharmacist
during the winter, and in 1888 became a manager as well as a player.
Some time afterwards he became the owner of
the Savannah, Ga., franchise in the Southern League, and then became
the owner of the Kansas City franchise.
He has ever since been identified with local
base ball, with the exception of the season of 1901, spent in
Washington, and is now interested with Charles Nichols in the local
team of the Western League.
Mr. Manning married Miss Mayme Dennis, of
this city, in 1896. He is an elk, and has always identified
himself with public movements.