"Mike" McDevitt, born in 1862 in Floss, Ontario, Canada, as a young man went to work in the steel mills of Captain Shaw of Pittsburgh. Because of his love for and knack with horses, Shaw hired him to train his trotters in 1905. McDevitt remained with the Captain for years and upon Shaw's death in 1910, McDevitt inherited his stable, except for the stars - Prince Loree 2:03 1/4, Joan 2:04 1/4, Grace 2:04 3/4, Lillian R. 2:04 1/2 and Peter Mac 2:03 1/2, whom the estate was to care for until their deaths. McDevitt continued racing the stable under his own name. Along with the aforementioned horses, he also had many Grand Circuit trotters of the day. Michael McDevitt retired from the sport and died in 1947.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals