Major League Baseball Team Owner, US Congressman, Businessman. A philanthropist, brewer, manufacturer, sportsman, builder, and adventurer, he was the son of Jacob and Anna Gillig-Ruppert, originators of the Jacob Ruppert Brewery in Olde Yorkville of Manhattan's upper east side. He served a Colonel in the 7th Regiment, New York National Guard and was elected to represent New York’s 15th and 16th Districts in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1899 to 1907. He best known for giving New York City the New York Yankees and Yankee Stadium. In 1914 he partnered with Spanish-American War hero Colonel Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston (who he soon bought out of the deal)to buy the then-called New York Highlanders, which they soon renamed the Yankees. In 1915, Jacob Sr. died, launching younger Jacob to brewery president as the first sounds of Prohibition began to rumble. The Yankees gave him a source of income to withstand the throes of Prohibition as the team grew to unimaginable fame with the likes of such greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Waite Hoyt, Joe Dugan and later Joe DiMaggio. In 1923, he finished building Yankee Stadium, "the House that Ruth built". Becoming ill with phlebitis of both legs in April of 1938, he did not attend the World Series that year. Complications grew and he died at his Fifth Avenue home with family at his bedside. By the time death in 1939, the Yankees won ten Pennants and seven World Series.
Bio by: K. Jacob Ruppert