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  • James Joseph (Jimmie) Dykes:

    Born: November 10, 1896, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: June 15, 1976, Philadelphia, PA, age 79, Buried at St. Dennis Cemetery, Havaertown, PA

    Philadelphia Athletics 2B,1918-32
    Chicago White Sox 3B, 1933-39

    Managing History:

    Chicago White Sox, 1934 - 1946
    Philadelphia Athletics, 1951 -1953
    Baltimore Orioles, 1954
    Cincinnati Reds, 1958
    Detroit Tigers, 1959 - 1960
    Cleveland Indians, 1960 - 1961
    -----------------------------------------
    Coaching History:

    Philadelphia Athletics, 1949 - 1950
    Cincinnati Reds, 1955 - 1958
    Pittsburgh Pirates, 1959
    Milwaukee Braves, 1962
    Kansas City Athletics, 1963 - 1964

    1st Wife: Mary, born PA, 1898, died 1959, They married around 1920; 2nd Wife: Mildred Boyle; Son: James Joseph Dykes, Jr.: born May 2, 1922, died May 22, 1964, Havertown, PA; Son: Charles J., born October 22, 1923, died June 25, 1965, Upper Darby, PA; Daughter: Mary Theresa (Finnegan), born Philadelphia, PA, November 7, 1928, died June 16, 2000, Philadelphia, PA.

    Traveling salesman. Came in 3rd or above only 3 times in all his years, proving even good managers require good players to win.

    ---------------During his tenure as A's Manager, 1951-53.--------Managing Record


    --------White Sox skipper, 1939-44--------------------------------A's Manager in 1951


    ----------------Tigers' skipper, 1959-60.-------------------------------------------September, 1952.----------------------------------------1951.

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-17-2011, 09:59 AM.

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    • William J. (Kid) Gleason:

      Born: October 26, 1866, Philadelphia, PA
      Died: January 2, 1933, Philadelphia, PA, age 66, d. heart ailment

      Manager:
      Chicago White Sox, 1919 - 1923

      Coach:
      Philadelphia Phillies, 1908 - 1911
      Chicago White Sox, 1912 - 1914, 1916 - 1917
      Philadelphia Athletics, 1926 - 1932

      ML Pitcher:
      Philadelphia (1888-91), Cardinals (1892-94), Baltimore(1894-95).

      Went 1, 2 with the Black Sox in '19-20. Then 7, 5, 7 with the carcass of the White Sox. He was real brains behind White Sox win in '17. Rowlings was just for show.

      March 25, 1922, San Antonio, TX---Managing Record---Baseball Biography Project, authored by Dan Lindner


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      Adrian Constantine 'Cap' Anson:


      Born: April 11, 1852, Marshalltown, IA
      Died: April 14, 1922, Chicago, IL, age 70

      Manager:
      Chicago White Stockings (later Chicago Cubs), 1879 - 1897
      New York Giants: 1898

      ML 1B, 1871-1897, also played 118 games at 3B, assorted other positions occasionally. 1876-97 were spent with the Chicago White Stockings. He was known for his personal leadership qualities, and prowess as a hitter.

      Came in top 2 11 out of 13 years. Slugging 1Bman helped his own cause. From 1892-98, could hardly reach 4th. His character marred by ugly racism.
      Baseball Library Bio---Managing Record---Wikipedia: Cap Anson


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      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-07-2009, 12:37 PM.

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      • Frank Leroy Chance:

        Born: September 9, 1877, Fresno, CA
        Died: September 15, 1924, Los Angeles, CA, age 47,

        Manager:
        Chicago Cubs, 1905 - 1912
        New York Yankees, 1913 - 1914
        Boston Red Sox, 1923

        NL 1B, 1898-1912
        AL 1B, 1913-1914

        From 1906-11 didn't finish lower than 2nd. Finished 1st 4 of 5 years.---Managing Record

        ---------------------1911-12-------------------------------------------1913-14

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        Fred Clifford Clarke:


        Born: October 3, 1872, Winterset, IA
        Died: August 14, 1960, Winfield, KS, age 87

        Manager:
        Louisville Colonets, 1897 - 1899
        Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900 - 1915

        Coach:
        Pittsburgh Pirates, 1925

        NL OF, 1894 - 1915

        Won 4 pennants, between 1900-12, finished lower than 3rd only once.---Managing Record

        ---------------------------1915--------------------------------------------------------1913-14--------------------------------------------------1901-06

        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-22-2009, 09:55 PM.

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        • Leo Ernest Durocher:

          Born: July 27, 1905, West Springfield, MA
          Died: October 7, 1991, Palm Springs, CA, age 86---Buried: Forrest Lawns, Hollywood Hills, CA

          Manager:
          Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939 - 1948
          New York Giants, 1948 - 1955
          Chicago Cubs, 1966 - 1972
          Houston Astros, 1972 - 1973

          Los Angeles Dodgers coach, 1961 - 1964

          First Wife: Grace Dozier, born Dallas, TX, July 12, 1902, died November 15, 1987, St. Louis, MO. Married Leo, 1934, divorced 1943; Second wife: Lynne Walker Goldblatt; Third wife: Larraine Day, born October 13, 1920, Roosevelt, UT, died November 10, 2007. Lorraine married Leo in 1947, divorced from him, 1960. Lorraine was a successful TV / film actress.

          Yankees shortstop (1925 - 1929), Reds (1930-33), Cardinals (1933-37), Dodgers (1938-41, 1943, 1945);
          Slick glove, no hit. Sharpest, dapper dresser.

          During last 2 wks of 1926/1927 seasons, can't tell from record books, but brought up by Yankees to sit on their bench but didn't get into any games. Ruth named him "the All-American Out", accused him of stealing an expensive wrist watch from Yankees' clubhouse. Managing Record

          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1941--------------------------------------------------1942-----------------------------------------July 1, 1946.


          With wife Larraine Day.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-31-2011, 11:52 AM.

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          • George Lee 'Sparky' Anderson:

            Born: February 22, 1934, Bridgewater, SD
            Died: November 3, 2010, Thousand Oaks, CA, age 76,---d. complications of demenita

            Manager:
            Cincinnati Reds, 1970-78
            Detroit Tigers, 1979-95

            Phillies 2nd baseman;
            San Diego coach, 1969

            Father: LeRoy, born November 11, 1909, died May 17, 1984, Riverside, CA.

            Was winner with Big Red Machine. Good manager with good players = success.

            Managing Record-----1970-78---------------------------------------------1970-71


            -----------2 shots from June 10, 1984-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------June 14, 1979


            ----------Detroit skipper, 1979-95

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2011, 03:56 PM.

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            • Daniel Edward (Danny) Murtaugh:

              Born: October 8, 1917, Chester, PA
              Died: January 13, 1976, Chester, PA, age 59, d. heart attack, buried at St. Peter's & Paul's Cemetery, Springfield, PA

              Manager:
              Pittsburgh Pirates, 1957 - 1964, 1970 - 1971, 1973 - 1976

              Coach:
              Pittsburgh Pirates, 1956 - 1957

              Son: Daniel E., born February 2, 1947, died September 13, 1982, Marcus Hook, PA.

              Won 2 pennants and 2 Divisions. But also came in 4th or lower 7 times. Won World Series in 1960 & 1971.

              Managing Record ------------------March, 1971


              Gene William Mauch

              Born: November 18, 1925, Salina, KS
              Died: August 8, 2005, Rancho Mirage, CA

              ML Player: 1944, 1947-52, 1956-57, infielder, mostly NL.

              ML Manager:
              Philadelphia Philles, 1960 - 1968
              Montreal Expos: 1969 - 1975
              Minnesota Twins: 1976 - 1980
              California Angels: 1981 - 1982, 1985 - 1987

              ML coach:
              Kansas City, 1985

              In his 27 year career as a ML manager, Gene was only able to finish higher than 4th place in 1964, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1985 and 1986.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-28-2011, 02:48 PM.

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              • George Tweedy Stallings:

                Born: November 17, 1867, Augusta, GA
                Died: May 13, 1929, Haddock, GA, age 61

                Manager:
                Philadelphia Phillies, 1897 - 1898
                Detroit Tigers, 1901
                New York Highlanders (Yankees), 1909 - 1910
                Boston Braves, 1913 - 1920

                Coach:
                Brooklyn, 1890

                Led his 1914 Boston Braves team, which was last mid-summer to World Champ. (Miracle Braves).

                Managing Record--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sitting in the visitor's dugout at Philadelphia's Shibe Park,
                --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------before start of Game 2 of the 1914 World Series, October 10.
                October 9, 1914, WS: Johnny Evers/George Stallings-------------------------------------------------On the left is RH P, Bill James, and the right is Dick Randoph.



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                Frank Gibson Selee


                Born: October 26, 1859, Amherst, NY
                Died: July 5, 1909, Denver, CO, age 49, d. consumption (tuberculosis/TB)

                Manager:
                Boston Beaneaters (1890-1901)
                Chicago Cubs (1902-05)

                From 1891-99, finished lower than 3rd only twice.---Managing Record
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                • Stanley Raymond (Bucky) Harris:

                  Born: November 8, 1896, Port Jarvis, NY
                  Died: November 8, 1977, Bethesda, MD, age 81

                  Manager:
                  Washington Senators, 1924 - 1928, 1935 - 1942, 1950 - 1954
                  Detroit Tigers, 1929 - 1933, 1955 - 1956
                  Boston Red Sox, 1934
                  Philadelphia Phillies, 1943
                  New York Yankees, 1947 - 1948

                  Senators' 2nd baseman (1919 - 1928), Tigers (1929, 1931)

                  Major traveling salesman. Won 3 pennants. Spent 24 yrs. at 4th or lower.

                  Managing Record------1924-25-----------------------------------------------1924-25


                  ----------------------May, 1948-----------------------------------March 21, 1956, Tigers' Manager


                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 12-26-2011, 02:04 PM.

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                  • William Boyd (Deacon) (Bill) McKechnie:

                    Born: August 7, 1886, Wilkinsburg, PA
                    Died: October 29, 1965, Bradenton, FL, age 79

                    Manager:
                    Pittsburgh Pirates: 1922 - 1926
                    St. Louis Cardinals: 1928 - 1929
                    Boston Braves: 1930 - 1937
                    Cincinnati Reds: 1938 - 1946
                    ----------
                    Coach:
                    St. Louis Cardinals: 1927
                    Cleveland Indians: 1947 - 1949
                    Boston Red Sox: 1952 - 1953

                    ML infielder (1907, 1910 - 1918, 1920); Federal League manager, Newark (1915)

                    Managed Federals in 1915. Won pennants in 1925, 1928, 1939, 1940. Came in lower than 4th 14 times.---Managing Record

                    Wife: Beryl B. (Bien), born Ohio, July, 1888, died October 26, 1957 at Bradenton, FL.

                    Bill McKechnie, Braves' manager, 1932---------------------------------------------------------------Reds' skipper, 1939------------------------------------Boston Braves, 1913

                    Bucky Harris/Bill McKechnie: July 8, 1925--------Heinie Wagner/Bill McKechnie: 1930.

                    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
                    William Harrison (Billy) Southworth:


                    Born: March 9, 1893, Harvard, NE
                    Died: November 15, 1969, Columbus, OH

                    Manager:
                    St. Louis Cardinals, 1929, 1940 - 1945
                    Boston Braves, 1946 - 1951

                    Coach:
                    NY Giants, 1933

                    ML OF; played for Indians (1913, 1915), Pirates (1918 - 1920), Red Sox (1921-23), Giants (1924-25), Cardinals (1926-27, 1929);

                    From 1941, went 2, 1, 1, 2.---Managing Record

                    -------------Billy, left, talking with Leo Durocher, 1949-50, Polo Grounds-----------------------Cardinals' manager, 1940-45


                    ----------------------------------------1929----------------------------------------------------------------------1946-50
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                    • Charles John (Jolly Cholly) Grimm:

                      Born: August 28, 1898, St. Louis, MO
                      Died: November 15, 1983, Scottsdale, AZ, age 85,---Buried: Cremated, ashes spread by wife over Wrigley Field.

                      Manager:
                      Chicago Cubs, 1932 - 1949, 1960
                      Milwaukee Braves, 1952 - 1956
                      Cubs coach, 1941, 1961 - 1963

                      Philadelphia A's 1st baseman (1916), Cardinals (1918), Pirates (1919-24), Cubs (1925-36)

                      After long 1B career, when with Cubs initially, ran off 2, 3, 3, 1, 2, 2, 3. Later with Braves ran off 2, 3, 2.
                      Managing Record---GetImage2.pdf (Sporting News' Obituary, November 28, 1983, pp. 69.)

                      ----------------Cubs' Manager, 1943-49-------------------------------------Cubs' 1B, 1926


                      ------------------------------------------1947 --------------------------------------------------------------------1955

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                      • -----------------------------------------Some Prominent Team Owners:

                        Jacob Ruppert, Jr.:

                        Owner: New York Yankees, 1915 - 1939.

                        Born: August 5, 1867, NYC
                        Died: January 13, 1939, NYC, age 71,---d. phlebitis inflamation of veins/cirrhosis

                        Yankee owner (1915-1939); Was originally a co-owner with Colonel Huston. Used mortgage on Fenway Park to coerce/leverage Red Sox' owner Harry Frazee to "give" his stars away & launch 1st NY dynasty using re-cycled Sox stars, including Everet Scott, Joe Dugan, Babe Ruth, Herb Pennock, Carl Mays, Joe Bush, Sam Jones, Wally Schang, Waite Hoyt, Ernie Shore, Duffy Lewis, Steve O'Neil, GM Ed Barrow.

                        Ruppert was best owner in baseball. Proves good people make terrible mistakes. "Rape of Red Sox" is worst scandal in baseball, after racism & the reserve clause. Where was Commisssioner Judge Landis? Rejecting pleas for reinstatement from Buck Weaver? Buried Kensico Cemetery, Westchester, CT.

                        Inherited brewery business from his father. Was 4 term US Congressman from 'Silk Stocking' district of Manhattan, 1898-1906. Hired Miller Huggins behind Colonel Huston's back. Huston despised Huggins, and clash led to Ruppert buying out Huston's interests in June, 1923, for $1,250,000. Colonel Huston was an engineer, and supervised the construction of most of Yankee Stadium, which cost around $3.m.

                        When Red Sox pitcher, Carl Mays walked off his team in 1919, Ruppert signed him. Precipitated first major clash with AL President Ban Johnson, leading to splitting the AL owners into pro/anti Johnson factions. Ruppert's former political connections aided him in dueling court injunctions over Carl Mays.

                        Died at his 5th Ave. apartment in Manhattan, NY. Becoming ill with phlebitis of both legs in April of 1938, he did not attend the World Series that year. Complications grew and he died at his Fifth Avenue home with family at his bedside. Jacob died of cirrhosis at the age of 72, an illness brought on by the years of testing the very brew he sold. Was a devout Roman Catholic, confirmed bachelor. At his death, his worth was estimated at between $40-50m, & he gave a third of it to his former actress friend Helen Winthrope Weyant.
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                        Jake's Wikipedia page
                        Jacob Ruppert, Jr. (August 5, 1867 – January 13, 1939), sometimes referred to as Jake Ruppert, was a National Guard colonel; a U.S. Representative from New York; and brewery owner, who went on to own the New York Yankees. Parents Jacob Ruppert and Anna Gillig were of German ethnicity.

                        Ruppert's 24 years as a Yankee owner saw him build the team from near-moribund to a baseball powerhouse. His own strength as a baseball executive — including his willingness to wheel and deal — was aided by the business skills of general manager Ed Barrow and the forceful field managing of Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy. By the time of his death, the team was well on its way to becoming the most successful in the history of Major League Baseball, and eventually in North American professional sports.

                        Ruppert inherited the brewing company from his father, Jacob Ruppert, Sr. (1842–1915) and in 1915, upon his father's death and just before Prohibition, he became the company's president. Before that, he had been elected to Congress in 1898. He served in Congress four sequential terms. Other career highlights include serving as president of the Astoria Silk Works.

                        Ruppert served in the National Guard as colonel only for a short period of time. Despite this, people commonly called him Colonel Ruppert instead of Congressman Ruppert, which may have been a more appropriate title for people to call him.

                        Ruppert and Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston acquired the Yankees in 1915, from the team's first owners, Frank Farrell and William S. Devery. They hired pitcher Carl Mays from the Boston Red Sox in 1918, and purchased Babe Ruth in 1919. In 1922 Ruppert bought out Huston, and he became the sole owner.

                        The Yankees dominated baseball throughout a good portion of the 1920s and 1930s, including the Murderers' Row team of 1927. During 1923, the year the Colonel unveiled Yankee Stadium, Huston sold his share of the Yankees but remained a director of the club as vice president and treasurer.

                        Ruppert and Ruth had public disagreements about Ruth's contracts. Nevertheless, they were personal friends. According to Ruth, Ruppert called him Babe only once, and that was the night before he died. Ruth was one of the last persons to see Ruppert alive.

                        He died on January 13, 1939 and was interred in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.

                        Legacy
                        On April 16, 1940, the Yankees dedicated a plaque in Ruppert's memory, to hang on the center field wall of Yankee Stadium, near the flagpole and the monument that had been dedicated to former manager Miller Huggins. The plaque called Ruppert "Gentleman, American, sportsman, through whose vision and courage this imposing edifice, destined to become the home of champions, was erected and dedicated to the American game of baseball." The plaque now rests in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

                        An apocryphal story says that Ruppert is responsible for the Yankees' famous pinstriped uniforms; according to this account, Ruppert chose pinstripes in order to make the often-portly Ruth appear less obese, but the uniform was introduced in 1912.

                        Timeline
                        1867 Born in New York City, Ruppert attended the Columbia Grammar School
                        1887 Engaged in the brewing business with his father in 1887
                        1886 Served as a private in the Seventh Regiment, National Guard of New York until 1889
                        1890 (circa) He was appointed a colonel on the staff of Gov. David B. Hill, serving as aide-de-camp
                        1892 He served as senior aide on the staff of Roswell P. Flower till 1895
                        Was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1907). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1906.
                        He resumed his activities in the brewing business and became president of his father's company in 1915.
                        He served as president of the United States Brewers Association 1911–1914.
                        Purchased and became president of the New York Yankees on December 31, 1914, and served in that capacity until his death in New York City, January 13, 1939.
                        He was interred in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New York.

                        Jake's bio (left) as it appeared in 1933's Who's Who
                        in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson.[/B]



                        -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1930: Jake Ruppert confers with his new manager, Bob Shawkey.

                        Owner Jake Ruppert consults with his manager, Miller Huggins, 1918-21.-----------------------------------Jake Ruppert/Miller Huggins, 1927-29.

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                        Colonel Tillinghast L' Hommedieu Huston:

                        New York Yankees' Co-Owner, with Jacob Ruppert, 1915-1923

                        Born: July 17, 1867, Buffalo, NY
                        Died: March 29, 1938, Brunswick, GA, age 71, He is buried at Frederica's Christ Episcopal church Cemetery, St. Simon Island, GA

                        Co-Owner the New York Yankees; w / Jacob Ruppert, bought team for $480,000. from Frank Farrell & William S. Devery in 1915; Was VP. A civil engineer, contractor & agriculturist, he supervised much of construction of Yankee Stadium, which cost about $3m. Sold his interest to Ruppert (June, 1923) for $1,250,000. Often at odds with Ban Johnson. Got 7 injunctions against him preventing Johnson from suspending Carl Mays. In 1937, offered $1.7m for Dodgers, as head of syndicate. Intended to install night lights. Offer refused. He married Lena Belle Gladstone.

                        -----------------------April 9, 1915
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                        • Charles Abraham Stoneham:

                          Owner: New Yorks Giants, 1919-1936

                          Born: July 5, 1876, Jersey City, NJ
                          Died: January 6, 1936, age 59, lived in NYC, but died at Hot Springs, Arkansas of Bright's disease.

                          Charles's bio (below)/photo (side, left) as they appeared in 1933's
                          Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson


                          1930-32: unidentified, James J. Tierney (Secretary), Charles Stoneham, John McGraw, Eddie Brannick (Assistant Secretary).----1930-32: Stoneham/McGraw.


                          1926-27: McGraw, Charles Stoneham, unidentified Giants' player, 1926-27-
                          -----------------------1926-27: McGraw/Stoneham.


                          1926-27: Stoneham, McGraw, unidentified, James J. Tierney (Secretary).


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                          • Samuel Wilson Breadon---AKA Sam Breadon

                            Owner: St. Louis Cardinals, January, 1920 - November, 1947

                            Born: July 26, 1876, NYC
                            Died: May 10, 1949, St. Louis, MO, age 72,---d. liver cancer for 6 months.

                            Father: William; Mother: Jane Wilson; Wife: Rachael Wilson, born Kansas, around 1889, died August 23, 1964, St. Louis, MO.

                            Sam Breadon: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia;
                            Sam Breadon (July 26, 1876, New York, New York – May 8, 1949, St. Louis, Missouri) was an American executive who served as the president and majority owner of the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball from 1920 through 1947. During that time, the Cardinals rose from languishing as one of the National League’s doormats to a premier power in baseball, winning nine NL pennants and six World Series championships.

                            Breadon moved from Manhattan to St. Louis at the turn of the 20th century. He prospered as the owner of auto dealerships and became a self-made millionaire. In 1917, he also became a minority investor – for $2,000 – in the Cardinals, then a struggling, second-division team chronically strapped for resources. But the club’s enterprising young president, Branch Rickey, discovered that the team could compete successfully against richer opponents by developing its playing talent on an assembly line of minor league teams, from Class D to Class AA, that it owned and controlled. This was the creation of the farm system, perfected by the Cardinals and - when the Redbirds came to dominate the NL - copied by the 15 other major league teams.

                            Rickey would manage the Cardinals from 1918-25, and Breadon, who had bought out most of his partners to become majority owner, succeeded him as club president in 1920. In the middle of 1925, Breadon moved Rickey into the front office as business manager – general manager in contemporary terms – and promoted star second baseman Rogers Hornsby to playing manager. (Rickey, who worked for Breadon until the end of 1942, enjoyed wide-ranging authority – but Breadon would always reserve the right to choose the team’s field manager.)

                            In 1926, the Redbirds won their first pennant and first world championship. Under Breadon, they again would rule the baseball world in 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944 and 1946, with NL pennants also earned in 1928, 1930 and 1943. They would feature such all-time great players as Jim Bottomley, Chick Hafey, Dizzy Dean, Pepper Martin, Frankie Frisch, Joe Medwick, Johnny Mize, Enos Slaughter, Marty Marion and Stan Musial. And, with their on-field success and the advent of radio, they would develop a fanatical regional following, their appeal extending beyond Missouri and throughout the lower Midwest, Arkansas, Louisiana, the Great Plains states and much of the Southwest.

                            In November 1947, Breadon sold the Cardinals to prominent St. Louisans Robert Hannegan and Fred Saigh for $3 million. He died 18 months later, from cancer.

                            Sam's bio (below)/photo (right) as they
                            appeared in 1933's Who's Who
                            in Major League Baseball, edited by
                            Harold (Speed) Johnson.-----------------------------------------------------------------1930-----------------1933---------------------------------1930.


                            --------------------------------Missouri Death Certificate.
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                            • Bernhard (Barney) Dreyfuss

                              Owner: Pittsburgh Pirates, 1900 - 1932

                              Born: February 23, 1865, Freiburg, Baden, Germany
                              Died: February 5, 1932, Pittsburgh, PA, age 66

                              Born Germany, Jewish, Arrived US (1881), prior to buying Pirates in 1900, He owned the Louisville Colonels in NL 1899.
                              d. after contracting pneumonia following prostate surgery, while in NYC, buried in West View Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA

                              Barney Dreyfuss: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                              Bernhard "Barney" Dreyfuss (February 23, 1865 – February 5, 1932) was a German-Jewish-American executive in Major League Baseball who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise from 1900 to 1932. He is often credited with the creation of the modern baseball World Series. He also built in 1909 baseball's first modern steel and concrete baseball park, Forbes Field.

                              Dreyfuss was born in Freiburg, Germany as the son of Samuel Dreyfuss, who was a U.S. citizen since about 1861. After training in a bank in Karlsruhe he emigrated in 1881 to the U.S. to escape conscription. In the U.S. he lived and worked with the Bernheim family in Paducah, Kentucky. The Bernheims were relatives over his grandfather Leon Bernheim. In 1888 he moved with the Bernheim family to Louisville, Kentucky. Dreyfuss became president of the Louisville Colonels team in 1899, and moved to the Pirates one year later when the league contracted from 12 teams to 8. Under his ownership, the Pirates won 6 pennants and two World Series championships (1909, 1925), finishing below fourth place only four times.

                              Dreyfuss died at age 66 in New York City. He is buried in West View Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

                              --Barney's bio/photo (right) as they appeared in 1933's Who's Who
                              in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson.-------------------------------------------1931



                              --------------------------------------------------------------------
                              Florence (Wolf) Dreyfuss

                              owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, February 5, 1932 - August 8, 1946

                              Born: March 31, 1872, Louisville, KY
                              Died: May 12, 1950, Pittsburgh, PA, age 78

                              Florence married Barney October 16, 1894. She inherited the Pittsburgh Pirates' team upon his death, February 5, 1932, and sold the team August 8, 1946, to group headed by Frank McKinney of Indianapolis, which included famed entertainer, Bing Crosby, who was made VP, for an estimated $2.75 million dollars.


                              August 24, 1946: Frank McKinney, Tom P. Johnson, Mrs. Dreyfuss, Sam E. Watters, Bill Benswanger, unidentified.
                              Ownership change from the Dreyfuss family to the Galbreath group led by McKinney.
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                              • William K. Wrigley, Jr.

                                Owner: Chicago Cubs, 1921 - 1932

                                Born: September 30, 1862, Philadelphia, PA
                                Died: January 26, 1932, age 70, Phoenix, AZ, heart ailment, buried Catalina Is.

                                minority stockholder in Cubs (1916). By 1921, sole owner. Made his fortune selling his Wrigley gum.
                                Turned over gum business to son Phillip in 1923, who also inherited Cubs upon his Dad's death in 1932.

                                William Wrigley Jr.: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                                He was a U.S. chewing gum industrialist. He was founder and eponym of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1891. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

                                Wrigley played an instrumental role in the history of Catalina Island, off the shore of Los Angeles, California. He bought the island in 1919 and improved the island with public utilities, new steamships, a hotel, the Casino building, and extensive plantings of trees, shrubs and flowers. However, William Wrigley Jr.'s greatest legacy was his plan for the future of Catalina Island — that it remain protected for all generations to enjoy. He established the Catalina Island Conservancy for this, and he is honored with the Wrigley Memorial in the Wrigley Botanical Gardens on the island.

                                Wrigley was also owner of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, which held its annual spring training on Catalina Island. Wrigley Field, the Cubs' ballpark in Chicago, is named for the owner. The now-demolished former home of the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League, at that time the Cubs' top farm team, was also called Wrigley Field. He purchased the Chicago Cubs from Albert Lasker in 1925.[1] Note that this conflicts with List of managers and owners of the Chicago Cubs.

                                The Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona was partially financed, then wholly owned, by Wrigley, who finished the nearby Wrigley Mansion as a winter cottage in 1931. At 16,000 square feet it was the smallest of his five residences.

                                Wrigley left his fortune to daughter Dorothy Wrigley Offield, and son, P.K. Wrigley, who continued to run the company businesses for the next 45 years until his death.

                                His great-grandson William Wrigley, Jr. II is the executive-chairman and ex CEO of the Wrigley Company.

                                William's bio/photo (below left) as they appeared in 1933's
                                Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson

                                ----------------------------------------------------------------April 24, 1930, watching his team practice.


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