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William R. Daley

Born: Sep 26, 1892

Death: Oct 21, 1971

Birthplace: Ashtabula

Nationality: United States

William R. Daley

Date of Birth : Sep 26, 1892
Date of Death : Oct 21, 1971
Birth Place : Ashtabula

William R. Daley was a businessman and owner of two franchises in Major League Baseball's American League. He was born in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1892. Daley was the principal owner of the Cleveland Indians from 1956 through 1962. In 1956, Daley purchased Myron H. Wilson's share of the franchise to become owner. In 1962, Daley sold the Indians to a group headed by general manager Gabe Paul. Daley's tenure as principal owner of the Indians is the subject of a chapter in the book "Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball During the Rockin' Sixties" by Doug Kurkul. In 1969, Daley resurfaced when Dewey Soriano asked him to help pay the expansion fee to start the expansion Seattle Pilots. In return for paying most of the fee, Daley bought a 47 percent stake in the new team, becoming the largest shareholder and chairman of the board. He had considered moving the Indians to Seattle in the early 1960s. However, his return to baseball was short-lived; the Pilots went bankrupt after only one season and moved to Milwaukee as the Brewers. Daley died at Cleveland in 1971 after a long illness.

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