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Calvin Griffith Biography by The Baseball Page

Calvin Griffith Biography by The Baseball Page

Born Calvin Robertson

    * School George Washington University
    * Born December 1, 1911 in Montreal, QC, Canada
    * Died October 15, 1999 in Melbourne, FL

The adopted son of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith, Calvin Griffith was sent to run the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1935. By the end of 1937, he was managing the team. From 1938 to 1941, Griffith was general manager and manager of the Charlotte Hornets of the Piedmont League. In 1938, the team finished 2nd, but won the playoffs. Griffith then returned to Washington, DC as Head of Concessions for the Washington Senators, which his father owned. Griffith took over as owner of the team after his father's death. In 1961, he moved the club to Minnesota, where they became the Minnesota Twins. Led by slugger Harmon Killebrew, the team improved in Minnesota, and they reached the World Series in 1965. He was also responsible for the construction of the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome. In 1984, he sold the Minnesota Twins to Carl Pohlad for $32 million.

Calvin's brother Sherry Robertson also played for Calvin at Charlotte, and later in the majors.

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1965 World Series, Baseball History, Carl Pohlad, Clark Griffith, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, MLB Owner, Minnesota Twins, Piedmont League, Sherry Robertson, Washington Senators

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