Jack Barry was often called the
“Knute Rockne” of college baseball during his coaching
days. But it was as a player that he first gained national
He first starred for the Crusaders as a shortstop from 1905-1908, before Baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack traveled to Worcester personally to sign him up for the Philadelphia A’s in 1908. As the starting shortstop, Barry was a key figure in Philadelphia's legendary “$100,000 infield." Featuring Stuffy McInnis at first base, Barry at short, and Hall of Famers Eddie Collins (second) and Frank "Home Run" Baker (third), the infield is still considered one of the finest in baseball history. Barry was part of winners throughout his playing career, as his A’s went to the World Series in 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914. He was traded to the Red Sox in 1915, and led them to the World Series in 1915 and 1916. He became player-manager in 1917 and managed the team to a second place American League finish that year. He was in the Navy in 1918, the year the Red Sox won the World Series. He returned in 1919 to the Red Sox but retired after being sold back to the A’s and suffered a career-ending knee injury.
He returned to Holy Cross in 1921 and started a career that earned him the reputation as one of the nation's greatest college coaches. His 1924 team was undefeated, 19-0. Two other teams finished with only one loss and eight others had just two losses. His teams recorded many New England and Eastern Intercollegiate Championships. The 1952 team was NCAA champion - the first and only New England team to ever win the College World Series -- and many others competed in the NCAA College World Series in Omaha. In his 40 seasons at the helm of the Crusaders, he posted a remarkable 619-146-5 record. His .807 winning percentage stood as the best-ever by any Division I college coach with more than 10 coaching seasons when he retired, and as of 2009 has still remained unsurpassed.