MacPhail, Larry

Leland Stanford MacPhail Sr.
Born: February 3, 1888, Cass City, Michigan
Died: October 1, 1975, Miami, Florida
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1978

One of the game's great innovators, Larry MacPhail introduced night baseball to the major leagues at Cincinnati's Crosley Field in 1935. He laid the foundation for two Reds championship teams before moving on to win two pennants in the 1940s as the chief executive of the Dodgers and Yankees. MacPhail also originated plane travel for teams, championed the regular broadcasting of games and initiated pension plans. He and his son, Lee, form the first father-son tandem to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

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Did You Know: 
that as a captain in the U.S. Army, Larry MacPhail was part of a failed attempt to kidnap Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm from his post-World War I exile in Holland?
He was a pioneer, a man who went ahead though others told him he was crazy. He had the last laugh, and all of baseball profited from his determination and foresight.
Glenn Dickey