John Fetzer

John Fetzer Detroit Tigers ower
Birthdate 3/25/1901
Death Date 2/20/1991
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Year of Induction
Teams Tigers
Position Owner

John Fetzer bought his first radio transmitter-receiver at age 16 in 1917 and built a radio empire that made him rich enough to buy the Detroit Tigers.

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John Fetzer owned the Detroit Tigers from 1956 through 1983

John Fetzer owned the Detroit Tigers from 1956 through 1983

John Fetzer earned millions from his work in the infancy of radio. He amassed a fortune that enabled him to purchase part ownership of the Detroit Tigers in 1956. The Fetzer contingent (which included actor Bing Crosby) outbid eight others, including groups led by Jack Kent Cooke, Charlie Finley, Bill Veeck, and George “Papa Bear” Halas. Five hears later he
John Fetzer was at the forefront of the partnership between television and Major League Baseball

John Fetzer was at the forefront of the partnership between television and Major League Baseball

Through his wisdom and expertise with television, John Fetzer helped team owners turn a handsome profit. As a member of MLB’s Television Committee in 1963, he helped baseball negotiate a national package that included revenue sharing for all 20 teams. Prior to that, only 12 clubs had TV deals.

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