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Walter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler (Executive.  Born, Wamego, KS, Apr. 2, 1875; died, Great Neck, NY, Aug. 18, 1940.)  Starting as a manager with the Chicago Great Western railroad, Walter Percy Chrysler was soon drawn to the automobile business.  In 1912, Chrysler became works manager for Buick; then vice president, operations, for General Motors four years later; and, […]

Dave Checketts

Dave Checketts (Executive.  Born, Salt Lake City, UT, Sept. 16, 1955.)  David Wayne Checketts first became directly involved in the pro sports field as executive vice president of the N.B.A. Utah Jazz in 1983.  He was named the club’s president the following year, and tabbed as a rising star in the sports executive firmament.  He […]

Joe Carr

Joe Carr (Executive.  Born, Columbus, OH, Oct. 22, 1880; died, Columbus, OH, May 20, 1939.)  A very active sports administrator for two decades, Joseph F. Carr had his greatest impact on the National Football League.  Carr succeeded Jim Thorpe, the first president, in 1921 and worked to expand the league from its small-town roots into […]

Bill Carey

Bill Carey (Executive.  Born, Hoosick Falls, NY, Sept. 14, 1878; died, Indio, CA, Feb. 24, 1951.)  An engineer who was involved in the construction of the Panama Canal, William F. Carey was a dedicated boxing fan who became president of Madison Square Garden in 1929, following the death of Tex Rickard.  His association with the Garden […]

Michael Burke

Michael Burke (Executive.  Born, Enfield, CT, June 8, 1916; died, Galway, Ireland, Feb. 5, 1987.)  One of the most colorful characters in New York sports in the 1960s and 1970s, Edward Michael Burke was president of both the Yankees (1966-73) and Madison Square Garden (1973-81).  Burke spent nearly a third of his life in Europe for […]

Avery Brundage

Avery Brundage (Executive.  Born, Detroit, MI, Sept. 28, 1887; died, Garmisch-Partenkirschen, West Germany, May 8, 1975.)  A wealthy contractor from Chicago, Avery Brundage became the most important administrator in U.S. amateur athletics ever.  Brundage participated in the 1912 Stockholm Olympiad in the decathalon and pentathlon.  In 1921, he founded his construction company.  In 1928, he was […]

Charles Bluhdorn

Charles Bluhdorn (Executive.  Born, Vienna, Austria, Sept. 20, 1926; died, aboard corporate jet between Santo Domingo, D.R., and New York, NY, Feb. 19, 1983.)  Charles G. Bluhdorn was the creator of the conglomerate that controlled Madison Square Garden for two decades.  Starting with an auto parts company in Grand Rapids, Mich., Bluhdorn formed Gulf + […]

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