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New York Yankees Famous Owner Jacob Ruppert Will Be Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame

December 5th, 2012 at 10:46 AM
By Karen Vankat

Jacob Ruppert, the New York Yankees owner from 1915-39, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Pre-Integration Committee on Monday.

'Jacob Ruppert' photo (c) 2008, Benjamin Kabak - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The 16-member Pre-Integration Era Committee was comprised of Hall of Fame members Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Phil Niekro and Don Sutton; major league executives Bill DeWitt, Roland Hemond, Gary Hughes and Bob Watson; and veteran media members and historians Jim Henneman, Steve Hirdt, Peter Morris, Phil Pepe, Tom Simon, Claire Smith, T.R. Sullivan and Mark Whicker. Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark served as the non-voting chairman of the Pre-Integration Era Committee.

Ruppert bought the struggling franchise in 1915 and quickly turned it into what is considered the most iconic organization in sports. Ruppert built Yankee Stadium in 1923 and watched this franchise under his ownership win 10 American League pennants and seven World Series Championships.

'Monument to Old Yankee Stadium at New Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York' photo (c) 2012, Ken Lund - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Ruppert you can say was the original Boss, the master of the deal, trading for Babe Ruth which for ever changed the course of baseball history. Other notable signings during the Ruppert years included Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Ruppert passed away at the age of 71 in 1939.

"Jacob Ruppert did a lot for the game," said Bob Watson to MLB.com, a former Yankees player and general manager who recently retired as an MLB executive. "And the House that Ruth Built, he actually built it."  

There are 45 players, executives and managers with some connections to the New York Yankees, but Ruppert is the first owner. Ruppert was voted in along with umpire Hank O'Day and 19th century catcher and first baseman Deacon White. These new additions brings the number of members of the Hall of Fame to 300.

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Tags: Babe Ruth, Baseball, Baseball Hall of Fame, Jacob Ruppert, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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