On February 25, 1933 — Four days after turning thirty years old and acquiring a $7 million dollar inheritance from his step-father, Tom Yawkey purchases the Red Sox from Robert Quinn for $1.2 million. The acquisition of the Boston American League franchise, which lasts for 44 years, the longest by a sole owner in baseball history, is prompted by former school classmate and Hall of Fame infielder Eddie Collins, who will serve as the team’s general manager until 1947.

Yawkey will mostly become known as the owner for the team that integrated last and the failure of his teams to capture a World Series.

 

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