September 19, 1901 – The world of sports briefly stopped, at least here in the United States. 11 baseball were games canceled out of mourning and respect due to the funeral of President William McKinley. The 25th President of the U.S. had been assassinated on September 14.
McKinley was best well known for leading America to victory in the Spanish American War and raising protective tariffs to protect American industries. To his credit, McKinley was a veteran of the Civil War as well. The President had been standing in a receiving line at the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition when a deranged anarchist shot him twice, and he passed days later.
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