From then on, Barrow was gradually drawn into a career in baseball. In 1894, he operated the concession stands at Exposition Field in Pittsburgh. The following year, he managed a minor-league team in Wheeling, West Virginia. He next purchased the Paterson, New Jersey, club of the Atlantic League.
One of his first acts as owner was to sign a rawboned youth named Honus Wagner. Midway through the 1897 season, Barrow peddled Wagner to Louisville in the National League for $2,100.

After the 1920 season, Barrow was appointed business manager of the Yankees, a job he held for the next 27 years. It proved to be his true calling. More than any other man, Barrow was responsible for developing the Yankees into the greatest dynasty in professional sports history. He combined a keen eye for recognizing talent with consummate front office savvy.
Among his many contributions to the Yankees regime were putting numbers on the backs of players¡¯ uniforms, hiring George Weiss to develop a farm system, and, perhaps most significantly, selecting Joe McCarthy to manage the club in 1931. Barrow was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.
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