Frank Joseph Navin:
Owner: Detroit Tigers, 1904 - 1935
Born: April 18, 1871, Adrian, MI,
Died: November 13, 1935, Detroit, MI, age 64.---d. Suffered heart attack while horse-riding.
Father: Marton, born Ireland around 1833; Mother: Margaret D., born Ireland May, 1842; Wife: Grace S. Shaw, born October, 1879, Michigan, died October 27, 1960, Detroit, MI. Frank and Grace married around 1898.
Detroit Tigers' owner (1908-35); Became half-owner (1907), Started as a bookkeeper/cashier in Detroit state insurance agency. Later, entered law office of his brother, Thomas J. Navin, and took law classes. Admitted to Michigan state bar. In 1903, asked to help run Detroit club for owner, S. F. Angus. He purchased $5,000. worth of stock in club, when Bill Yawkey bought team. Navin became almost half-owner in 1907.
Bill Yawkey was the owner of the Detroit Tigers from 1903 to 1919. Hew inherited the team from his father, William Yawkey Sr., who had bought it earlier that year. Yawkey only had a limited interest in running the club, and let President Frank Navin handle most matters. He sold Navin almost half of the club in 1908, and receded completely into the background after that, although he remained the Tigers' principal owner.
He was the uncle and adoptive father of Boston Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. He died at age 43, a victim of the influenza epidemic of 1919. After his death, Frank Navin bought out from Yawkey's estate the small amounts of share required for him to become the controlling owner, while the remainder of the shares were sold to Walter Briggs and John Kelsey, two businessmen who had made their fortune in the automobile industry.
Frank Navin: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Frank Joseph Navin was an American accountant, lawyer, and professional sports owner. He was the principal owner of the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball for 27 years, from 1908 to 1935. He also served as vice president and acting president of the American League.
Born in Adrian, Michigan, Navin was one of nine children of Irish immigrants. He attended the Detroit College of Law and worked as both a lawyer and accountant. Navin became president of the Detroit Tigers in 1903 and rose to principal club owner on January 9, 1908. Some of his key acquisitions included Ty Cobb, Hughie Jennings, and Mickey Cochrane, which helped the Tigers win five American League pennants (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, and 1935) and a World Series championship in 1935. In 1912, he established Navin Field, named it after himself. He partially sold the club to Walter Briggs.
Navin died at age 64 in Detroit, Michigan, one month after the Tigers won their first championship title. He had been riding one of his horses at the Detroit Riding and Hunt Club when he suffered a heart attack. Navin was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Southfield, Michigan where the family mausoleum was decorated by Corrado Parducci and is guarded by two tigers by American animalier Frederick Roth.
Bibliography: Burton, Clarence. "Frank J. Navin," The City of Detroit, Michigan: 1701-1922, vol. III. Detroit: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1922. pp. 772-75
Frank's bio/photo (below left) as they appeared in 1933's Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, pp. 36.
-------Owner Frank Navin, 1933
Conferring with his manager, Ty Cobb, 1921-22, Navin Field, Detroit.
Frank Navin, Judge Landis, Mickey Cochrane: September 5, 1934.------------------------------------------------------------September 21, 1935: Frank Navin, Judge Landis.
With Ty Cobb, signing his 1911 contract.
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Charles Francis Navin
Born: January 15, 1883, Adrian, MI
Died: January 24, 1950, Detroit, MI, age 67,---d. Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, MI.
Attended University of Michigan, 1903
Charles was the secretary of the Tigers since 1912 and was both secretary/treasurer and business manager of the Detroit Tigrs from 1927 to 1938 and nephew of former Tiger owner, Frank Navin.
Charles entry in the 1933 Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, pp. 36.---Sporting News' obituary, February 1, 1950, pp. 28.
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Jack E. Homel
Born: September 17, 1911, San Francisco, CA
Died: February, 1987, Lake Havasu City, AZ, age 85,
Kansas City, trainer, (American Association), ? - December 26, 1943
Portland Beavers, trainer, (Pacific Coast League), December 26, 1943 - February 8, 1946
Detroit Tigers, team trainer, February 8, 1946 - (between 1966-1968)
Los Angeles Dodgers, trainer, 1970-78?
Father: Fred E., born Chicago, IL, around 1885; Mother: Hattie Eddy, born California around 1885;
Jack Homel was team trainer of the Detroit Tigers from 1946 to around 1967. Previously he had worked as trainer for the Kansas City baseball team of the American Asssociation, then worked for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast Baseball League, beginning in December 26, 1943.
1952: with Tigers' manager, Red Rolfe.
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Dr. Russell M. Wright
Born: June 9, 1904
Died: October 18, 2002, Delray Beach, FL, age 98
Buried: Crestview Memorial Park, Grove City, PA
Detroit Tigers, team physician, 1952 - 1970
Dr. Russell Wright was team physician from 1952 to 1970. He served 18 years, until 1970, as team physician for the Detroit Tigers and eight years during the 1960's in the same post for the Detroit Pistons. He also served 19 years as physician for the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team.
Dr. Russell Wright, 97, is a retired osteopathic pyhsician and member of the class of 1923 of what then was known as Slippery Rock State Normal School. " I had to go where it was free," the Pennsylvania native joked about his choice of a college.
Wright played football and baseball and ran track (" I could run faster than anybody at Slippery Rock," he said) in college. After teaching for a while, he went into medicine. He served 18 years, until 1970, as team physician for the Detroit Tigers and eight years during the 1960's in the same post for the Detroit Pistons. He also served 19 years as physician for the U.S. Olympic weightlifting team.
Wright has maintained close ties with his alma mater, often hosting alumni association meetings and sports team visits at the apartment complex he owns in Delray Beach, Wright by the Sea. A donation by
Wright made possible the building in 1985 of the Russell Wright Fitness Center on the Slippery Rock Campus.
Wright was delighted - "I was blown up like a balloon." He said - when he learned of Slippery Rock's football game with FAU. He will be there, sitting in the president's box, when the game kicks off.
"He's one terrific human being," said Dials, who met Wright when they both worked in Michigan and co-authored a book about Wright's experiences.
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Charles C. Creedon
Born: June 12, 1905, Michigan
Died: June 3, 1974, Grosse Pointe, MI, age 68,---d. heart attack
Graduated from University of Michigan, 1925-26.
Wife: Mary E., born Florida around 1905.
Detroit Tigers' Traveling Secretary, December 12, 1956 - 1970?
Sporting News' obituary, June 22, 1974, pp. 53.
Charles C. (Charley) Creedon, retired traveling secretary of the Tigers, died of a heart attack in Grosse Point, Mich., June 3. He was 68.
Creedon, who was an athlete at Michigan and Northwestern universities, joined the Tiger organization in 1938 as an executive with minor league clubs. He became traveling secretary of the Tigers in 1957 and held the position until his retirement four years ago.
At one time he was also manager of stadium operations. (Sporting News, June 22, 1974, pp. 53.)
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, June 22, 1974, pp. 53.
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Walter Owen Briggs, Sr.
Owner: Detroit Tigers, 1935-1952
Born: February 27, 1877, Ypsilanti, MI
Died: Januray 17, 1952, Miami Beach, FL, age 74
Bought 25% of Tigers (1920), bought another 25% (1927), bought rest of team, when Frank Navin died (1935). Made his fortune in Detroit's auto industry. Took no money out of his team, ploughing all profits back, plus own money.
Wikipedia article below
Walter Owen Briggs, Sr. (February 27, 1877 – January 17, 1952) was an American entrepreneur and professional sports owner. He was owner of the Detroit Tigers in Major League Baseball from 1935 to 1952.
Briggs was born in Ypsilanti, Michigan and grew up a Detroit Tigers fan. In his early youth he worked at the Michigan Central Railroad and later opened Briggs Manufacturing Company in 1908, which specialized in the manufacturing of automobile bodies for the auto industry.
In 1919, Briggs bought a minority share in the Tigers from longtime owner Frank Navin. He later bought enough stock to become a full partner with Navin. After Navin died in 1935, Briggs became the sole owner of the franchise.
As owner, among Briggs' first actions was completing major renovation and expansion plans to Navin Field. He double-decked the grandstand and converted the park into a bowl. It reopened in 1938 as Briggs Stadium, and had a seating capacity of over 50,000. The stadium is now Tiger Stadium.
Briggs was noted for fielding a well-paid team that won two American League pennants (1940, 1945) and a World Series championship in 1945 under his ownership. He had a reputation for being somewhat prejudiced against African-Americans, in part because he refused to sign black players (though he allowed blacks to work at his factory) and would not allow black fans to sit in the boxes at Briggs Stadium. The Tigers did not sign their first black player until 1958, six years after his death.
Briggs died at age 74 in Miami Beach, Florida in 1952. His son, Walter Briggs, Jr., briefly inherited the Tigers before being forced to sell them in 1956.
Right: Ty Cobb at a baseball game, chatting with Detroit owner, Walter O. Briggs, at Briggs Stadium, 1930's.[/B]
Babe Ruth and Walter Briggs take in a game at Briggs Stadium in the 1930's.
New York Times' obituary, January 18, 1952, pp. 27.
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William Hoover Yawkey
Born: August 22, 1875, Bay City, MI
Died: March 5, 1919, Augusta, GA, age 43,---d. Spanish influenza pandemic
Detroit Tigers' owner, 1903 - 1908 (sole owner), 1909 - 1919 (part-owner with Frank Navin)
Father: William Clyman Yawkey, born August 26, 1834, Massillon Stark County, Ohio, died November 23, 1903, Detroit, MI; Mother: Emma
William Hoover Yawkey (August 22, 1875 – March 5, 1919, Augusta, Georgia) was the sole owner of the Detroit Tigers of the American League from 1903 through 1908, and part-owner with Frank Navin from 1908 to 1919.
Yawkey was the son of lumber tycoon William Clyman Yawkey, the richest man in Michigan. The elder Yawkey agreed to buy the Tigers from Samuel F. Angus in 1903, but died before the deal closed. Navin, then the Tigers' bookkeeper and vice president, persuaded the younger Yawkey to complete the deal.
Yawkey took little interest in the Tigers, leaving day-to-day control in Navin's hands. In 1908, Yawkey sold almost half of the club's stock to Navin, making him for all intents and purposes a full partner.
Yawkey died in 1919 from the Spanish flu. Upon his death, he left his $40 million estate to his nephew and adoptive son, Tom Yawkey, who later bought the Boston Red Sox.
Washington Post obituary, March 6, 1919, pp. 8.
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Dennis Aloysisus Carroll---AKA Denny Carroll
Born: December 5, 1878, San Francisco, CA
Died: September 15, 1957, Somoma, CA, age 78
Detroit Tigers, trainer, 1932 - January 11, 1941
Wife: Mae A. Corlette; Step-Daughter: Yvonne C. Seville, born California around 1901.
Oakland/San Francisco ball clubs, trainer, 1909 - 1914
San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League), trainer, 1909 - 1931
Detroit Tigers, trainer, 1932 - January 11, 1941
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 25, 1957, pp. 40.
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Henry Nathan Tuthill---AKA Harry Tuthill
Born: July 30, 1870, Saginaw, MI
Died: January 31, 1935, Detroit, MI, age 64
worked with boxers, Jim Corbett, Bob Fitzsimmons, Steve O'Donnell
New York Giants, trainer, 1904 - 1907
Detroit Tigers, trainer, 1908 - January 18, 1920
Mother: Mary F., born New York, August 1851; Wife: Mary; married around 1910.
Sporting News' death notice, February 7, 1935, pp. 1, by Sam Greene.
Trainer Harry Tuthill / Head Coach Fielding Yost.--------------------------------------------------------------------------1909.
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1916 Detroit Tigers; 87-67, .565, 3rd Place, 4 g behind,---BB Reference
Clair J. Berry
Born: May 15, 1903, Detroit, MI
Died: April 13, 1966, Detroit, MI, age 63
Detroit Tigers, Traveling Secretary, October 6, 1940? - September 11, 1951
17-year old Detroit resident, (January 6, 1920 census)
Detroit Railroad passenger agent,(April 14, 1930 census)
Father: Thomas Berry, born Canada, December, 1863; Mother: Catherine Berry, born Canada, July, 1867; Thomas and Catherine married in 1890. Wife: Edith M., born Pennsylvania, arouind 1907; Daughter: Beverly J., born Michigan, around 1928; Son: Jack.
Sporting News' obituary, April 30, 1966, pp. 38.
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Dr. Gustave Frederick Nemitz
Born: December 19, 1887, Stalp, Germany
Died: April 2, 1952, Fort Worth, TX, age 64
Detroit Tigers, trainer, January 11, 1941 - November 28, 1943
Immigrated to US, 1909
Hot Springs, Arkansas, masseur at Bath House, (January 9, 1920 census)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, masseur, (WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
Fort Worth, TX, chiropractor, (April 7, 1930 census)
Was living at Fort Worth, TX, as of November 28, 1943.
Father: Daniel William Mimitz, born July 9, 1846, Germany; Mother: Wihelmine "Almena" Kurtzell, born March, 1852, Germany; Wife: Linda, born Sweden, around 1883; Son: Augusta F., born Arkansas, around 1917; Son Frederick, born Arkansas around 1917.
Dr. Nemitz succeeded Denny Carroll as Detroit Tigers' trainer on January 11, 1941, when Carroll retired. He was replaced by Raymond D. Forsyth, trainer of the Detroit Lions football team as of around December 1, 1943.
Sporting News' obituary, April 9, 1952, pp. 25.
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1909 Detroit Tigers
1905-07 Detroit Tigers
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1904 Detroit Tigers composite photo
1906 Detroit Tigers composite photo
1907 Detroit Tigers composite photo
George H. Cunningham
1917 Tigers - George H. Cunningham (top row bet. O. Strange and B. Dyer) is my grandfather. I have a photo of him and another (possibly manager) on the back of a donkey! The donkey has on the ball cap! Any idea who could tell me more about it? firstname.lastname@example.org
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The photo I have looks like Paddy Livingston and George Cunningham (my grandfather) on the back of a donkey with the ball cap on the donkey. Any ideas?? email@example.com
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Why don't you post the photo for everyone to see? It was most likely taken at Spring training down South. I've seen different players from different clubs with photos on top of mules from Spring training.
Originally Posted by jmgaley
With reference to post #1 (Det AL 1900) - a few modifications:
Det AL 1900
Emil Frisk, Pop Dillon, Bill Hill, Ed Siever, Roscoe Miller, Jack Cronin, Jack Ryan
Ducky Holmes, George Nicol, Frank Owen, Dick Harley, (in suit Geo Touey?), Sport McAllister, Doc Casey, Joe Yeager, Al Shaw
I have no idea who George Touey is.
Thanks, bmarlowe! That's what I'm talking about. So glad to get any help!