John Tener in his Chicago White Sox uniform, 1889.
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ohn Tener in his Chicago White Sox uniform

Credit: Library of Congress

Born in Ireland and raised in Pittsburgh, John Tener grew up to be a big man. At 6-foot-4, he was the tallest major leaguer when he joined the Chicago White Sox in 1888. Tener's career in professional baseball was short, but he would go on to become a successful banker, member of Congress, and the governor of Pennsylvania.

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