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Jacob Ruppert

Jacob Ruppert (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 5, 1867; died, New York, NY, Jan. 13, 1939.)  Col. Jacob Ruppert was a sportsman of many parts, maintaining a racing stable and a dog kennel, but gained his fame for being the man whose money and vision built the Yankees into the dominant force in New […]

Bill Devery

Bill Devery (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 9, 1854; died, Far Rockaway, NY, June 20, 1919.)  A notoriously corrupt police official, William S. Devery was also one of the founding owners of the team that became the Yankees.  Devery joined the City Police force in 1874 and almost instantly became controversial for his shakedowns and […]

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