Former owner Dick Jacobs passes away

Dick Jacobs agreed in 1986 to buy the Indians, and his decision to do so assured his legacy with Indians fans.

 

But it is what the team did under Jacobs’ ownership that will linger most in their minds. Jacobs brought back the glory days of Indians baseball, and those things will be what people in Cleveland will miss most.

 

They will, of course, miss Dick Jacobs, too. He has passed away early Friday morning at the age of 83.

 

Jacobs sold the team to Larry Dolan before the 2000 season. Under his ownership, the Tribe won five straight AL Central titles from 1995-99 and went to the World Series in 1995 and ’97.

 

The full story will be up on Indians.com shortly.

 

UPDATE: Here is the link to the Jacobs tribute, and here is a link to a story on John Hart’s memories of Jacobs.

6 Comments

This is so sad, my husband and I send our condolences to the family. I’m sure he had a wonderful life outside the work he did for the Indians and his legacy will forever be remembered at The Jake.

Sad day for Indians fans and the organization. Maybe Progressive and the Indians can work out a deal where they can call the ballpark “Jacobs Field” for the last weekend series of the year or some other time.

He single handedly rebuilt our franchise and, in essense, our city. He was a such a visionary.

What a sad day for Indians fan.

Julia
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