Jacob Ruppert

  • Card series: Diamond Heads '15
  • City: New York
  • Team: Yankees
  • League: American League
  • Hall: National Baseball Hall of Fame

Jacob Ruppert Jr. (1867-1939) became the 304th inductee into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2013, remedying an oversight many assumed had already been handled. This beer & real estate baron, National Guard Colonel & US Congressman took a second-rate NY franchise, hired Miller Huggins to manage it, saw that the mighty southpaw up in Boston had more potential at the plate than on the mound, built Yankee Stadium and tailored it to Ruth’s swing, hired the likes of Gehrig, DiMaggio and a clutch of other future Hall of Famers, and won the franchise’s first 10 pennants & 7 World Series titles. In all, Ruppert created the most storied sports organization in history and forever changed the game as the Dead Ball gave way to the Lively Ball. He died five months before there was a Hall in Cooperstown and now, just 74 years later, he’s in it.

  • Was instrumental in creating the office of Commissioner and hiring Landis as czar in 1920
  • Initially fought to rename the Yankees as theKnickerbockers after his family’s flagship brew
  • Elected to Hall of Fame: 2013

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