1916 - Energetic recruiting by Ban Johnson produces a pair of Chicago contractors to take over the Cleveland franchise from Charles W. Somers, a lavish spender at the American League's creation but now in financial difficulties. J.C. Dunn and P.S. McCarthy pay $500,000 - $60,000 less than the asking price. E.S. Barnard will stay on as vice president; Lee Fohl, as manager.