Category: Owners

News leaks out that an investment group headed by former US Olympic Committee chief Harvey Schiller is interested in buying the Astros from Drayton McLane, Jr. McLane has given them a 30-day window to exclusively negotiate a deal but no offer materializes. 

News leaks out that an investment group headed by former US Olympic Committee chief Harvey Schiller is interested in buying the Astros from Drayton McLane, Jr. McLane has given them a 30-day window to exclusively negotiate a deal but no offer materializes. 

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Marge Schott is suspended for one year and fined $25,000

Marge Schott is suspended for one year and fined $25,000 by a committee of her major league peers for bringing “disrepute and embarrassment” to the national pastime. The 64 year-old will also be required to attend and complete multi-cultural sensitivity training programs due to the numerous racial and ethnic remarks she is alleged to have made as the owner of the Reds.

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Marge Schott is quoted in today’s New York Times as saying, that Adolph Hitler was initially good for Germany

1992 – Marge Schott is quoted in today’s New York Times as saying, that Adolph Hitler was initially good for Germany, that her references to “niggers” were in jest, and that she couldn’t understand why the word “Jap” was offensive. The major leagues will appoint a four-man committee to investigate Schott and will eventually suspend her for her insensitive and inappropriate remarks.

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Boston Red Sox owner Jean R. Yawkey dies at the age of 83. For the first time in 59 years, someone other than a Yawkey will own the team. Mrs. Yawkey’s husband, Tom, became president of the Red Sox in 1933, and was the sole owner of the team for 44 seasons, longer than anyone in major league baseball history.

1992 – Boston Red Sox owner Jean R. Yawkey dies at the age of 83. For the first time in 59 years, someone other than a Yawkey will own the team. Mrs. Yawkey’s husband, Tom, became president of the Red Sox in 1933, and was the sole owner of the team for 44 seasons, longer than anyone in major league baseball history.

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Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration when no clubs will sign him

After finding no other clubs interested in signing him, free agent pitcher and 20-game winner Jack Morris agrees to salary arbitration with the Tigers while at the same time accusing the major league owners of collusion against free agents. Morris had offered to sign a one-year contract, with salary to be determined by an arbitrator, with either the Yankees, Angels, Twins or Phillies, but was turned down by all four.

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WTCG-TV owner Ted Turner obtains 100% of the Atlanta Braves for $12 million

WTCG-TV owner Ted Turner obtains 100% of the Atlanta Braves for $12 million. ‘Captain Ted’ purchases the club to provide sports programming for his local channel 17, but when the FCC permits the station to use a satellite in December to broadcast shows on cable networks, the franchise, now available to be viewed by millions of subscribers, will become known as America’s Team.

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Bill Veeck buys 80% of Chicago White Sox

With little encouragement from the other American League owners, Bill Vleck, who will see his new team win their first pennant in 40 years, reacquires the White Sox when he purchases 80% of the team as part of an investment group that is intent on keeping the franchise in Chicago. Former owner John Allyn had been pressured by the league to sell his club to a Seattle interest to help quell a lawsuit that was a result of the AL’s approval in 1970 to move the one year-old expansion Pilots from the ‘Emerald City’ to Milwaukee.

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Bill Veeck and assistant Roland Hemond set up shop in hotel lobby with a sign open for business

1975 – Bill Veeck and assistant Roland Hemond set up shop in the hotel lobby at the winter meetings with a sign saying “open for business” and start dealing, making seven trades in two days. First to go are pitcher Jim Kaat and SS Mike Buskey to the Phillies. The Sox receive pitchers Dick Ruthven and Roy Thomas along with OF/INF Alan Bannister. Veeck also fires manager Chuck Tanner and selects old friend Paul Richards to manage the White Sox.

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Ray Kroc will suffer with fans

On April 9, 1974, San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc criticizes his team over the public address system-during a game! “Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer with you,” Kroc says. “I’ve never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life.” The announcement occurs during San Diego’s 9-5 loss to the Houston Astros. Coincidentally, the “San Diego Chicken” makes its debut that day.

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The Columbia Broadcasting System becomes the first corporate owner of a major league team by buying eighty percent of the Yankees from Dan Topping and Del Webb for $11.2 million

The Columbia Broadcasting System becomes the first corporate owner of a major league team by buying eighty percent of the Yankees from Dan Topping and Del Webb for $11.2 million. During the first year under CBS, the Bronx Bombers will come in sixth place with a 77-85 record, finishing in the second division for the first time in 40 years.

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