Harry Von der Horst

Von der Horst in the 1899 Spalding guide

Harry Von der Horst was an executive in Major League Baseball and a former owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Brooklyn Superbas. He was one of the principal founders and owners of the old 19th century Baltimore Orioles ballclub and when the team was running out of steam he managed to engineer a merger with the Brooklyn team. This move enabled him to get a significant share of the team and exert enough influence to convince the Brooklyn ownership group to hire his manager Ned Hanlon. He eventually sold his interest in the team, but remained as the club secretary until his death in 1905.

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