Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 2013
Owner Jacob Ruppert, a visionary leader, transformed the New
York Yankees from a second-division afterthought to the most storied franchise
in the game’s long history. The brewery executive and former U.S. Congressman
purchased the middling team, along with Tillinghast Huston, in 1915. Over a few
short years they assembled a formidable group, including manager Miller
Huggins, front office executive Ed Barrow and slugger Babe Ruth. After opening
Yankee Stadium in 1923, the club won their first World Series championship.
They collected 10 pennants and seven Fall Classic crowns during Ruppert’s
tenure, which ended with his death in 1939.