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