The Lystons:
The Story of One Baltimore Family & Our National Pastime


Baltimore, MD, is privileged to claim a number of legendary ballplayers and managers as members of its local nines. Baseball icons BabeRuth, Lefty Grove, Satchel Paige along with John McGraw, Ned Hanlon and JackDunn, plus many other notable names, were associated with the various professional baseball teams that called Baltimore their hometown.

Providing a biographical perspective of professional baseball in Baltimore and beyond, "The Lystons" follows the baseball careers of five family members: Bill, John M., Marty, John C. and Jimmy Lyston. Along the way, you will meet many famous ballplayers who the Lystons played alongside or against during their journey through organized baseball that spanned from the 1880s thru the 1930s. Beyond the boxscores, "The Lystons" highlights colorful player
anecdotes and interesting Baltimore history.

The author, Jimmy Keenan, is the grandson of former Baltimore Oriole Jimmy Lyston. There are numerous baseball stories here that were passed from his grandfather to Jimmy as they spent many enjoyable hours together as he was growing up. Jimmy Lyston was a founding member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association of Maryland and the Maryland Professional Baseball Players Association.

He also served 33 years in the Baltimore City Police Department and played on the great Police baseball teams of the 1930's.


Jimmy promised his grandfather that he would one day reveal the Lyston legacy and their passion for the great game of baseball through a bookdetailing their many experiences on the ballfield.

This book is that promise fulfilled–


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