The Colonel and Joe DiMaggio. Image via The Sporting News.
Brew-master. Colonel. Millionaire. Congressman. Team owner.
They all describe Jacob Ruppert Jr.
To say Jacob Ruppert Jr. was in a league of his own would be a criminally offensive understatement; the guy was basically a walking League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. His crowning achievement was the turnaround of a shoddy New York Yankees team into a pennant-winning Goliath.
Overseeing the notoriously talented Yankees lineup known as Murderers' Row, "The Colonel" originally took charge of the struggling Yanks in 1915, buying into the team along with business partner Til Huston. The Yankees improved, most likely due to Ruppert’s business sense and general inability to fail at anything ever.
But even after signing Babe Ruth, The Colonel had a better deal bargain in mind: buying the whole enchilada.
So in 1923, Ruppert made the deal to end all deals and bought out Huston’s share of the squad for $1,250,000. He became sole owner, which led to good times for the New York Yankees and the newly built Yankee Stadium.
Let’s just he say got a great deal on the place.