Bernard "Barney" Dreyfuss (1865 - 1932)

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Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland
Death: Died in New York, NY, USA
Cause of death: pneumonia
Managed by: Frank Fineshriber
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About Bernard "Barney" Dreyfuss

Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Team Owner. Born in Freiburg, Germany, he emigrated to America in 1881, enjoyed the game of baseball and organized amateur baseball teams first for the distillery workers, then semi-pro clubs around Louisville. In 1890, he obtained part ownership of the Louisville Colonels, then a Major League team in the American Association and in 1899, he acquired full ownership of the Pittsburgh Pirates National League team. During his 32 year (1900-32), reign as president and general manager of the Pirates, he built the first modern steel-frame tripletier stadium, Forbes Field, in 1909 and is credited as the innovator who created baseball's World Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates finished in the first division 26 times, winning six pennants in (1901-03, 1909, 1925, 1927) and the World Series in 1909 and 1925. Dreyfuss was also a pioneer in professional football, as co-owner and manager of the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, winners of the pro football championship in 1898. He died at age 66 in New York City and at the time of his death, was vice president of the National League. In 1979, he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)


Cause of death: pneumonia

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Bernard "Barney" Dreyfuss's Timeline

1865
February 23, 1865
Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Deutschland
1900
1900
Age 34

Lived and worked with the Bernheim family in Paducah Ky. In 1881.
Moved to Louisville in 1888. Purchased the Louisville Colonels. With help from Henry Clay Pulliam, ( who taught him English) , he signed Honus Wagner. With the help of his uncle I.W. Bernheim bought the Pittsburg Pirates and took Pulliam and Honus Wagner with him.

1912
1912
Age 46
1932
February 5, 1932
Age 66
New York, NY, USA
1932
Age 66
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Ross Township, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States