Today in Tribe History: January 2, 1986
Former Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck dies in Chicago, IL at age 71. Veeck was known for his flamboyant publicity stunts and the innovations he brought to the major leagues during his ownership of the Indians, St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. He was the last owner to purchase a baseball franchise without an independent fortune, and is responsible for many significant contributions to baseball. Some of his major and noticeable contributions while with the Indians (1946-49) included putting all games on the radio, moving the team to Municipal Stadium permanently, signing Larry Doby (the first African-American player in the American League), and signing Satchel Paige at the age of 42 making him the oldest rookie to ever play in the Major Leagues.