Before Jacob Ruppert, the New York Yankees were usually closer to the bottom of the standings than the top. After Ruppert bought the team in 1915, it took him less than six years to turn the Yankees into what would become the most successful franchise in the history of the game. His greatest prize was Babe Ruth, but in the twenty-four years he owned the team he showed a keen eye for player, as well as management, talent. He brought Boston Red Sox manager Ed Barrow to New York as the general manager and George Weiss to run the fledgling farm system. Together the trio built a dynasty for the ages. His team became so successful that New York Giants manager John McGraw refused to share the Polo Grounds with a financial rival, forcing Ruppert to finance his own stadium. Yankee Stadium may have been the “House That Ruth Built,” but it was paid for by Jabob Ruppert. When he died in 1939, Ruppert left management of the team in the hands of Barrow and Weiss and between them, they continued a run of success that lasted into the 1960s.
January 20, 2013