Bucs' First Owner Dreyfuss Elected to Hall

By Biertempfel, Rob | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 4, 2007 | Go to article overview

Bucs' First Owner Dreyfuss Elected to Hall


Biertempfel, Rob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


NASHVILLE - Barney Dreyfuss, the first owner of the Pirates who helped create the World Series, on Monday was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Dreyfuss received 10 of a possible 12 votes in balloting by the Veterans Committee. He will be inducted July 27, 2008, in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"The Pirates are extremely thrilled that Barney Dreyfuss was elected," team president Frank Coonelly said. "Mr. Dreyfuss was a dynamic, innovative and extraordinarily competitive owner who built the Pirates into the dominant National League club at the turn of the century.

"He began the culture of excellence in Pittsburgh that we are working hard to restore."

After 10 years as part-owner of the Louisville Colonels of the American Association, Dreyfuss took over the Pirates in 1900. He brought in a group of players that included Honus Wagner, Fred Clarke, Rube Waddell and Deacon Phillippe.

With Dreyfuss as owner, the Pirates became a National League powerhouse, winning six pennants and the World Series in 1909 and 1925.

In August 1903, Dreyfuss and Boston Pilgrims owner Henry Killilea agreed to stage a best-of-nine series between their clubs. It was the first time teams from the rival National and American leagues met in postseason play. The Pirates lost the inaugural World Series in nine games.

Dreyfuss died in 1932 at age 66.

Also yesterday, former Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh came up six votes short in the Hall of Fame election for managers and umpires. Murtaugh, who led the Pirates to a pair of World Series titles, received six of a possible 16 votes.

Murtaugh again will be eligible when the Veterans Committee holds its next managers/umpires vote in December 2009. …

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