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Guido Rugo

Guido Rugo

In 1944, Mr. Rugo and two other local contractors, Louis Perini and Joseph Maney - "Three Steam Shovels" - bought the Boston Braves. The team won the 1948 National League pennant, but lost the World Series to Cleveland.

Mr. Rugo was born in Padua, Italy. He came to Dorchester when he was a year old. He was a 1917 graduate of Boston English High School, where he played hockey and was a member of the football team that won the Boston city championship. He was named All-scholastic quarterback, one of his proudest accomplishments. 

At the start of World War I, Mr. Rugo was a member of the Naval Training Unit at Harvard University. He was prepared to go to active service when the Armistice was signed. 

After his high school graduation, Mr. Rugo went into business with his father, Joseph. In 1929, he and his brothers, Leonard and Joseph, began the Rugo Construction Co. 

Over a period of 30 years, the firm built many projects throughout the Boston area, including two regional high schools for the Archdiocese of Boston. 

During World War II, the firm entered a joint venture with the Perini Co. and built the Letter-Kenny Ordnance Depot in Chambersburg, Pa. For that work, firms were awarded an "E" for excellence in construction management by the Army Corps of Engineers. 

In 1944, Mr. Rugo and two other local contractors, Louis Perini and Joseph Maney - "Three Steam Shovels" - bought the Boston Braves. The team won the 1948 National League pennant, but lost the World Series to Cleveland. 

Mr. Rugo sold his Braves stock to Perini and Maney in 1951. 

He lived for many years in Milton and Marblehead. He once owned Carcassonne, a glittering North Shore estate that had been the summer home of Lydia Pinkham Gove, who amassed a fortune with her patent medicine formula. 

Mr. Rugo was a major fund-raiser for the Catholic Church. He received the Archbishop Cushing Medal for Charitable and Apostolic Services for God and the Church. 

He was a member of the Engineers Club of Boston, the Commonwealth Country Club, the Wollaston Golf Club and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. He helped found the Boston chapter of the Assn. of General Contractors of Massachusetts and served as the organization's vice president and president. 

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1948 World Series, Baseball History, Boston Braves, Joe Maney, Lou Perini, MLB Owner, Owner
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