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Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston

  • Birth 17 Jul 1867 Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA
  • Death 29 Mar 1938 Darien, McIntosh County, Georgia, USA
  • Burial Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, USA
  • Plot Private
  • Memorial ID 9556294

Major League Baseball Team Owner. Nicknamed “Cap,” he was one of seven children born to a Ireland-born civil engineer and railroad-building father and a Kentucky school teacher mother. His formative years were spent in Cincinnati before becoming a civil engineer working with his father on the Louisville and Nashville rails. He served as Captain (hence the nickname) of Engineers in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and later a member of the Sixteenth Engineers during World War I, with whom he rebuilt roads and railways near the front lines throughout France. He first came to wealth when he remained in Cuba after its independence to dredge, rebuild and improve its harbors as well as modernize its sewage system. In 1913 he partnered with fellow Colonel Jacob Ruppert Jr. and together they turned baseball into a major sports industry and American pastime. They made an odd pair: Ruppert, a fussy dresser, pragmatic businessman, straight-laced aristocrat and a Colonel who only knew war cognitively, and Huston, a self-made crusty, impulsive, jovial, risk-taking millionaire and a Colonel who experienced war in the front-lines. Nonetheless, with a common love of profit and baseball, they purchased together the American League Baseball Club of New York in 1913 and a broken-down New York Yankees two years later. During their nine-year partnership, the Yankees became one of America’s most popular ball teams winning two pennants and amassing many later Hall-of-Fame players. Needing a home for the team, both created Yankee Stadium with Huston supervising much of the construction. He was co-party to "The Deal of the Century" with his and Ruppert's purchase of Babe Ruth from fellow ball team owner and friend Harry H. Frazee. He was always a proponent of the public ownership of baseball and was instrumental in the appointment of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball’s first de facto baseball commissioner. He loved adventure and frequently traveled with the team who enjoyed his playful side. Besides the personality conflicts, the relationship between Huston and Ruppert decayed with quarrels over money, management and hiring choices culminating in Huston selling out to Ruppert in 1923 with World Series wins waiting in the wings. He remained in love with baseball owning part of the Atlanta Baseball Club as well as making an offer for the (then) Brooklyn Dodgers in 1936. Never forgetting war veterans, he was well-known for his philanthropy to disabled veteran organizations which was recognized by his 1922 election as National Commander of the VFW. In the 1926, Huston bought the Butler Island Plantation near Darien, Georgia to begin a dairy farm with prize-winning friesian cows. The venture eventually failed but later became a working truck farm growing iceberg lettuce until its sale to R. J. Reynolds in 1948. Butler Island Plantation is now part of the Altamaha Waterfowl Management area. Huston remained occupied with Butler Plantation and his Dover Hall Club hunting lodge for the balance of his life. Huston died instantly of a heart attack while sitting at his desk.

Bio by: K. Jacob Ruppert


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  • Originally Created by: K. Jacob Ruppert
  • Added: 5 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9556294
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston (17 Jul 1867–29 Mar 1938), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9556294, citing Christ Church Episcopal Cemetery, Saint Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .