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Friday, June 5, 2009

Dick Jacobs - RIP

This morning's paper announced that the former owner of the Cleveland Indians Dick Jacobs has died. He was 84 years old.

Jacobs was primarily a real estate investor, but he is best remembered for buying the very troubled Indians baseball franchise and leading a major turnaround in the teams fortunes both on the field and off. The team he bought in 1986 was a perennial second division resident and always financially strapped. Jacobs changed things by hiring a sound baseball management team headed by Hank Peters. Within a decade he had a beautiful new ballpark which regularly sold out and a team that regularly won their division and twice reached the World Series.

Rest in Peace Mr. Jacobs and thanks for all you did for the city of Cleveland.


Blogger bob said...

The Jacobs years surely were the golden years of Cleveland baseball.

Alas now were stuck with aaa plus always on the brink of contention but not quite there.

June 6, 2009 at 3:18 AM


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