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    January 9, 1903: Frank Farrell & Bill Devery Purchase Baltimore Baseball Franchise

    New York Yankees History:
    https://sportblis.com/new-york-yanke...nd-team-facts/
    Excerpts from the sportblis.com article:


    "The New York Yankees was founded in the year 1901 in Baltimore, Maryland. They started to play in the American League (AL) with the name Baltimore Orioles. After two years of playing in the AL, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery took a bold step of purchasing the franchise at the rate of US$18,000. With no delay, the new owners of the baseball team moved the franchise to New York City and renamed it New York Highlanders."

    "It took a minimum of 18 years for the Yankees to step up their game and attain prominence. Finishing 7th in 1913 and 6th in 1914 season discouraged the owners of the baseball team. Hence, Farrell and Devery finally sold the Yankees to Jacob Ruppert (brewery magnate) and Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston (engineer). Upon buying the club, Ruppert felt sorry for the franchise, which was then wallowing in mediocrity. In his opinion, he felt that the Yankees have played for long without exceptional players as well as prestige. ...Ruppert’s description of the team’s situation in quote."
    “an orphan ball club, without a home of its own, without players of outstanding ability, without prestige.”
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    Frank Farrell
    https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/frank-farrell/
    Excerpts from the sabr.org article:


    "The resume accumulated by the investor was something less than the model envisioned by Ban Johnson for club ownership in the fledgling American League. Nor was a bankroll amassed via saloon ownership, bookmaking, horse racing stables, casino operation, and service to Tammany Hall the preferred source of the financial wherewithal needed for relocation of the league’s moribund Baltimore franchise to New York. But with the 1903 season on the horizon and no other viable prospect in view, AL President Johnson suppressed his misgivings and quietly admitted Frank J. Farrell into team ownership ranks."

    "For the next dozen years, Farrell and his partner, the even less reputable William S. Devery, waged the battles required for the junior circuit to maintain its outpost in the nation’s largest metropolis. But apart from perhaps imparting pride of ownership, the New York venture did Farrell and Devery little good. By the time that a lack of success on the field and disappointment at the gate compelled them to abandon the game, Farrell and Devery were nearly tapped out. The rewards and glory of owning the 27-times world champion New York Yankees would be bestowed only on their successors."
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    Bill Devery
    https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/bill-devery/
    Excerpt from the sabr.org article:


    "It is the rare man whose co-ownership of the New York Yankees would go unmentioned in his obituary. Yet such was the case for Bill Devery. Largely a silent partner in the club from its founding in 1903 until its sale a dozen years later, Devery had a negligible effect on franchise history, having left operation of the club almost entirely to partner Frank Farrell. But on the larger stage of turn-of-the century New York City life, Devery was a major actor: a flamboyant and notoriously corrupt police official, a Tammany Hall collection man and district organizer, and the favorite villain of reform orators and their allies in the press. A Gay Nineties Falstaff in size (about 6 feet and 260 pounds in his prime) and appetites (for food, liquor, and late-night revelry), Big Bill eventually outlived his times, in both politics and baseball. By the time of his death in June 1919, Devery had been reduced to a marginal public figure, little more than a relic from a bygone era."
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    Jacob Ruppert
    https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/jacob-ruppert/
    Excerpt from the sabr.org article:


    "The New York Yankees dynasty began with Jacob Ruppert Jr. When Ruppert purchased the franchise in January 1915 with his partner, the improbably named Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston, it was one of the American League’s most hapless teams. The previous owners, a gambler and a shady ex-police chief with Tammany Hall connections, had run a shoestring operation devoid of any baseball smarts. The Yankees played their home games at the Polo Grounds, the home park of the New York Giants, their intra-city National League rivals who were America’s most popular team. The Giants tolerated the Yankees so long as they paid their rent and remained second-class in the minds of New Yorkers."
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    Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/...mmedieu-huston
    Excerpt from the findagrave.com article:


    "In 1913 he partnered with fellow Colonel Jacob Ruppert Jr. and together they turned baseball into a major sports industry and American pastime. They made an odd pair: Ruppert, a fussy dresser, pragmatic businessman, straight-laced aristocrat and a Colonel who only knew war cognitively, and Huston, a self-made crusty, impulsive, jovial, risk-taking millionaire and a Colonel who experienced war in the front-lines. Nonetheless, with a common love of profit and baseball, they purchased together the American League Baseball Club of New York in 1913 and a broken-down New York Yankees two years later. During their nine-year partnership, the Yankees became one of America’s most popular ball teams winning two pennants and amassing many later Hall-of-Fame players. Needing a home for the team, both created Yankee Stadium with Huston supervising much of the construction. He was co-party to "The Deal of the Century" with his and Ruppert's purchase of Babe Ruth from fellow ball team owner and friend Harry H. Frazee."
    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    #2
    According to later research the AL Baltimore Orioles from 1901-2 are no longer considered connected to the Yankees franchise. The Yankees franchise is now considered to having started with the 1903 season.

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      #3
      Originally posted by ymike673 View Post
      According to later research the AL Baltimore Orioles from 1901-2 are no longer considered connected to the Yankees franchise. The Yankees franchise is now considered to having started with the 1903 season.
      Thanks for that update. Sincerely appreciative.
      "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        #4
        Originally posted by Tock Ada Shot View Post

        Thanks for that update. Sincerely appreciative.
        I might add that early on the Yankees(Highlanders) were moderately successful on the field and at the gate. The 1906 team almost won the pennant and had a slightly higher home attendance than the rival Giants. And there were plans for a new ballpark in upper Manhattan but problems with the location delayed its construction.

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          #5
          Originally posted by ymike673 View Post

          I might add that early on the Yankees(Highlanders) were moderately successful on the field and at the gate. The 1906 team almost won the pennant and had a slightly higher home attendance than the rival Giants. And there were plans for a new ballpark in upper Manhattan but problems with the location delayed its construction.
          Amazing. Thanks again for the info.
          "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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