Michael T. McGreevy

Michael T. McGreevy

McGreevy in 1903.

Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy was the leader of the most vocal fans of the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox), today known as the "Royal Rooters". McGreevy owned the Third Base Saloon, which got its name because, like third base, it was the last stop before home. His saloon was Boston's original sports bar - it was decorated in a baseball theme, with pictures of the players, and a scoreboard on the outside wall. His nickname "Nuf Ced" was given to him because that was what he usually shouted to end barroom disputes, usually about the Boston Americans and the Boston Braves.

McGreevy amassed a rich collection of photographs, clippings, and other baseball memorabilia. When Prohibition forced McGreevy to close Third Base, he donated his collection to the Boston Public Library. Author Glenn Stout (A Red Sox Century) helped popularize the collection when he worked at the library.

The theme song of the "Royal Rooters" was "Tessie" from the Broadway musical "The Silver Slipper". McGreevy was immortalized in a 2004 remake of the song by the Irish American punk band Dropkick Murphys. It subsequently was part of the soundtrack of the movie Fever Pitch concerning fans of the 2004 season of the Red Sox.

In 2008, Dropkick Murphys bassist Ken Casey re-opened Third Base, although it is no longer known as such. Now the tavern is known as McGreevy's and can be converted to open-air. There is also a