Michael T. McGreevy
McGreevy in 1903
Born(1865-06-16)June 16, 1865
DiedFebruary 2, 1943(1943-02-02) (aged 77)
Roxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting placeMount Calvary Cemetery in Roslindale, Massachusetts
Other namesNuf Ced
Known forLeader of the Royal Rooters
Owner of the Third Base Saloon
McGreevy with his Nuf Ced team, 1910. Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy Collection, Boston Public Library
McGreevy with his Nuf Ced team, 1910. Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy Collection, Boston Public Library
This pin featuring McGreevy's nickname, "Nuf Ced", was produced by McGreevy around the time of the 1903 World Series; it was added to the Boston Public Library's collection in 1923.

Michael T. "Nuf Ced" McGreevy (June 16, 1865 – February 2, 1943) was an American businessman and baseball fanatic. He was the leader of the most vocal fans of the Boston Americans (now the Boston Red Sox), known as the "Royal Rooters", and owner of a Boston bar called the Third Base Saloon.


McGreevy's bar 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. He was an avid member of the L Street Brownies, one of the oldest polar bear swim clubs in the country.[1]

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 mentioned in a 2004 remake of the song by the Irish American punk band Dropkick MurphysTessie, Nuff Ced McGreevy shouted, We're not here to mess around.[2] The song was subsequently part of the soundtrack of the 2005 movie Fever Pitch concerning fans of the 2004 Boston Red Sox season.

In 2008, Dropkick Murphys bassist Ken Casey re-opened Third Base, although it was re-named McGreevy's, and added open-air elements for warmer months. There was also a sign on the front of the bar that said "1200 Steps to Fenway Park." This iteration of McGreevy's permanently closed following Massachusetts' March 10, 2020 state of emergency declaration,[3] due to the building's owner, A&S Realty,[4] demanding full rent payments despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.[5] It was on Boylston Street across from the Hynes Convention Center located in the Back Bay of Boston.


  1. ^ Nash, Peter. "Nuf Ced McGreevy". Society for American Baseball Research.
  2. ^ "Tessie". lyrics.com. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "COVID-19 State of Emergency | Mass.gov". www.mass.gov. Retrieved 2021-11-05.
  4. ^ "EAGLE 913 BOYLSTON LLC :: Massachusetts (US) :: OpenCorporates". opencorporates.com. Retrieved 2021-11-05.
  5. ^ Haire, Thomas (2020-08-12). "'Hear the Crowd Roar to Your Sound'". BostonMan Magazine. Retrieved 2021-11-05.

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