On This Day in History, March 7: Death of a Dodgers President

Dodgers President Steve McKeever died at age 84 at his home, 31 Maple St. in Brooklyn, on March 7, 1938. More than 1,500 friends, baseball executives and fans attended his funeral on March 10. Steve and his brother Ed owned the construction company that Charles Ebbets contracted to build Ebbets Field. In 1912, when the cost of construction proved more than Ebbets could pay, Steve and Ed became part owners of the team, forming the Brooklyn Baseball Club, inc. When Charles Ebbets died in 1925, Ed very briefly became president, but died just a week after Ebbets. Steve then became Dodgers president. He remained majority owner until his death. Steve McKeever is pictured above (at left) at the annual meeting of Major League Club Presidents in New York City in 1934. Also pictured are Sam Breadon (center), president of the St. Louis Nationals, and William Benswanger, president of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

March 7, 2012 - 9:38am



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