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Thomas Austin Yawkey

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1980

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Tom Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976. He was known for spending a lot of money, particularly in the 1930s Depression when other owners were short on money. His clubs regularly finished second to the New York Yankees. Yawkey's Red Sox were criticized for being the last team to have an African-American player, Pumpsie Green in 1959. Upon his death the Red Sox ownership was assumed by the JRY Corporation and his wife Jean Yawkey.

He was the nephew and adopted son of Detroit Tigers owner Bill Yawkey. Tom Yawkey actually inherited partial ownership of the Tigers when his adoptive father died in 1919, but his interest was instantly sold. Tom was a minor at the time and did not gain full control of his multi-million dollar inheritance until the age of 30. The Yawkeys were long-time friends and hunting partners of Ty Cobb.

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