Calvin Robertson Griffith
(December 1, 1911 — October 20, 1999), born Calvin Robertson
in Montreal, Quebec
, was a Major League Baseball
team owner. As president, majority owner and de facto general manager
of the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins
franchise of the American League
, he was famous for his devotion to the game and for his sayings.
Childhood in Montreal and Washington
The son of a minor league baseball
player, Calvin Robertson was the nephew of Clark Griffith
, the Hall of Fame
who became president of the Senators in . He raised Calvin from the age of 11 and adopted the boy when Calvin's father died a year later. Calvin's widowed mother and his siblings moved to Washington as well, and at least three brothers — Sherry
, Jimmy and Billy — and a brother-in-law, Joe Haynes
, would eventually become Senators' executives, while brother-in-law Joe Cronin
, a Hall of Fame shortstop
, would serve as playing manager of the Senators and Boston Red Sox
, general manager of the Red Sox, and president of the American League.
The senior Griffith owned the Senators until his death in 1955
; upon his passing, the team passed into the hands of Calvin, who had worked his way up through a variety of positions with the team, starting as a batboy, minor league player and manager (serving a brief stint under Joe Engel and the Chattanooga Lookouts
at Engel Stadium
), and front-office executive.
Controversial club owner
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