23 Facts About Barney Dreyfuss


Bernhard "Barney" Dreyfuss was an executive in Major League Baseball who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise from 1900 to his death.

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Barney Dreyfuss was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

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Barney Dreyfuss built one of baseball's first modern steel and concrete baseball parks, Forbes Field, in 1909.

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Barney Dreyfuss was born in Freiburg, Grand Duchy of Baden in 1865.

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Barney Dreyfuss attended school in Freiburg and later worked in a bank in nearby Karlsruhe.

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Samuel Barney Dreyfuss allegedly made a fortune selling spirits to Native Americans.

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Barney Dreyfuss arrived knowing little English, but he was a quick learner.

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Barney Dreyfuss fueled his interest by organizing amateur baseball teams first for the distillery workers, then for semi-pro clubs around Louisville.

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Barney Dreyfuss used growing profits to buy a piece of the Louisville Colonels of baseball's American Association.

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When Barney Dreyfuss immigrated to America, it was Pulliam who taught him how to speak English.

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In 1899, Barney Dreyfuss paid $50,000 to acquire full ownership of the Colonels.

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Barney Dreyfuss was victorious in attempt to keep the new league out of Pittsburgh.

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In 1903, Barney Dreyfuss brokered the peace treaty that recognized two major leagues.

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Barney Dreyfuss further cemented his reputation by adding his own share of the gate receipts to the players' winnings.

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Barney Dreyfuss purchased seven acres of land near the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, adjacent to Schenley Park, with assistance from his friend, industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

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New park opened on June 30,1909, and Barney Dreyfuss shook hands with the fans as they entered through the gates.

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Barney Dreyfuss successfully helped fight off the Federal League in 1914 and 1915, and then helped form the commission that investigated the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.

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Barney Dreyfuss worked to abolish the three-man commission that ran the National League in favor of appointing a baseball commissioner, a post to be occupied by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

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Barney Dreyfuss worked to outlaw "freak" pitches such as the spitball, and he was a force in ridding the game of gambling.

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Barney Dreyfuss was buried in West View Cemetery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Small stone monument to Barney Dreyfuss was eventually installed in straightaway center field at Forbes Field.

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Barney Dreyfuss had groomed his son, Samuel, to inherit the Pirates upon his death.

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Barney Dreyfuss was named to the Honor Rolls of Baseball in 1946 and inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 following his election by the Veterans Committee.

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