Benjamin Franklin Shibe
His first connection with baseball came as a manufacturer of balls; he soon partnered with A.J. Reach, forming a joint sporting goods company in 1882 and was a minority owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, owned by Reach. He then invested in the newly-formed Athletics at the urging of Connie Mack, who controlled the remaining 50% of the team.
Shibe Park in Philadelphia was named in his honor.