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 William Edward Benswanger

William Edward Benswanger

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 15 Jan 1972 (aged 79)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section B, Plot 152, grave #5
Memorial ID 21576 · View Source
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Major League Baseball Executive. Born in New York City on February 22, 1892, he was an accomplished pianist and musician, who served on the board of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for twenty years. He became involved in Major League Baseball through his marriage to Eleanor Fanny Dreyfuss, a daughter of longtime Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. Learning the management of the team, he succeeded Dreyfuss as club president when he died suddenly in 1931. He lead the team from 1932 to 1946, until the ownership of the team came to a close when the Pirates were purchased by a syndicate headed by Indianapolis businessman Frank McKinney. During his reign as the Pirates president, he was noted for being one of the executives who vocally challenged Major League Baseball's color barrier. He died on January 15, 1972, in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvainia, at age 79.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 17 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21576
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward Benswanger (22 Feb 1892–15 Jan 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21576, citing West View Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .