Ferdinand Abell

Ferdinand A. Abell

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Ferdinand "Gus" Abell
Died 1928
Other names Gus
Occupation Founder of the team that became the Brooklyn Dodgers
Years active 1883–1907

Ferdinand A. "Gus" Abell (died 1928) was one of the original founders of the team that became the Brooklyn Dodgers. A Rhode Island casino owner, he put up most of the money to form the team in 1883 and also was the leading financing behind the building of Washington Park, the home of the ballclub.[1]

He stuck primarily to the business side of the franchise, letting his partners Charlie Byrne, George Taylor and Joseph Doyle supervise the team's actual onfield activities.

He was the leading force behind the Dodgers merger with the original Baltimore Orioles in 1898. He remained part of the Dodgers ownership group until he was bought out by Charles Ebbets in 1907.


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