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Dan Topping

Born: Jun 11, 1912

Death: May 18, 1974

Birthplace: Greenwich

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Dan Topping

Date of Birth : Jun 11, 1912
Date of Death : May 18, 1974
Birth Place : Greenwich

Daniel Reid Topping was a part owner and president of the New York Yankees baseball team from 1945 to 1964. Daniel Reid Topping was the son of Rhea Reid and Henry J. Topping. Rhea Reid, the daughter of Daniel G. Reid, known as the "Tinplate King" for his vast wealth in the tin industry, was the mother of three sons, Daniel Reid Topping, Henry J. Topping, and John Reid Topping. Daniel Topping, along with Del Webb and Larry MacPhail, purchased the Yankees for $2.8 million from the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert on January 25, 1945. MacPhail sold his share of the team to Topping and Webb in 1947, and the two sold controlling interest in the team to CBS in 1964, after which Topping remained as team president until 1966, when he sold his remaining stake in the Yankees. Topping also was co-owner, along with John Simms Kelly, of the National Football League's Brooklyn Dodgers starting in 1931, eventually owning the team outright. By the mid-1940s, Topping wished to move his football team from Ebbets Field into the newer and larger Yankee Stadium. Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants, who played in the Polo Grounds, held NFL territorial rights, and refused to permit this.


  • Businessperson

Also known as

  • Daniel Reid Topping
  • Daniel Topping
  • Tinplate King


  • Rhea Reid
  • Henry J. Topping


  • Kay Sutton
  • Sonja Henie
  • Arline Judge
  • Charlotte Lillard
  • Alice Lowthers
  • Theodora Boettger


  • Dan Topping, Jr.
  • Leigh Topping
  • Rhea Topping
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