January 25th, 2013

Larry MacPhail

January 25, 1945 – Former Dodger president Larry MacPhail, along with Del Webb and Dan Topping, purchase the New York Yankees for $2.8 million from the heirs of previous owner Jacob Ruppert. MacPhail as Dodger president from 1938-42 changed the fortunes of the Brooklyn franchise and then enterered World War II at age 52, accepting a commission in the United States Army and ultimately becoming a Colonel. The Yankees announced Ed Barrow would remain as the team’s general manager, but MacPhail took over his dutues a month later. MacPhail resigned from the Yankees after the 1947 World Series. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978; his son Lee was elected to the HOF in 1998, becoming the first father-son duo at Cooperstown.