The elder member of the only father/son pair to have been inducted into Cooperstown. Larry MacPhail was an extremely successful executive as General Manager for the Cincinnati Reds, where he helped to bring night baseball to the major leagues and put pieces in place for the Reds pennant winning teams of 1939 and 1940. As General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, he won the National League pennant in 1941 and hired Red Barber to broadcast Dodger games. As General Manager and Co-owner of the New York Yankees he won a World Series in 1947, thus winning pennants with teams in both leagues. He was an innovator and was instrumental in developing many important ideas that helped increase the popularity of the game. Some of these included the aforementioned night baseball, televising of regular season games, air travel between cities, and the first batting helmets. He also helped to implement pensions and benefits for the players. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1978.
August 17, 2014
Cass City, MI