Daniel Reid Topping
Dan Topping became part owner of the New York Yankees in 1945, when he was part of a group that purchased the team from the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert. The group, which also included Del Webb and Larry MacPhail, sold majority interest in the club to CBS in November 1964. Topping sold his remaining stake in the Yankees in 1966.
Topping also owned the Brooklyn Dodgers of the NFL in the 1930s. When the football New York Giants refused to allow Topping to move the team to Yankee Stadium, he did so anyway and moved his team to the rival AAFC and renamed the team the New York Yankees.
Topping was married six times, including to Olympic figure-skating champion and actress Sonja Henie from 1940 to 1946. He served in the Marines during World War II, achieving the rank of colonel. He died of lung disease at age 61.
His son Dan Topping, Jr. was a General Manager for a short period of time.