TheBaseballPage.com

Lou Perini

Lou Perini

Life

Louis Robert Perini

    * Born November 29, 1903 in Ashland, MA USA
    * Died April 16, 1972 in West Palm Beach, FL USA

Lou Perini was one of the "Three Steam Shovels" that bought the Boston Braves in 1946. The three owners, Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joe Maney, were all in the construction business. Perini started out as a water boy in his father's small construction firm, and ended up running a worldwide company.

In 1953, he moved the club to Milwaukee, WI, citing financial losses and poor attendance in Boston. Bill Veeck had been trying to move his St. Louis Browns to Milwaukee after deciding he couldn't run the Busch family out of St. Louis. The move was the first franchise shift in 50 years. The Braves had great attendance figures in their first season in Milwaukee, prompting a number of other franchise moves in the following years. Under Perini's leadership, the once-struggling Braves developed star players such as Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Eddie Mathews, reached the World Series in 1948 while still based in Boston, and won it playing out of Milwaukee in 1957.

Perini and his brothers, Charles and Joseph, became full owners of the Braves in 1951 for $500,000 and sold to a Chicago group in 1962 for $5,500,000. However, Lou kept a 10% interest in the club and sat on the Board of Directors, even as the team moved to Atlanta.

By BR Bullpen

 

More From Around the Web

Sponsored Links

This day in baseball history

October 25

  • 2003

    On October 25, 2003, Josh Beckett is too much for the Yankee ...

  • 1987

    On October 25, 1987, the Minnesota Twins win the first World ...

  • 1986

    On October 25, 1986, the New York Mets win Game Six of the W ...

More Baseball History

Player Profile

Oscar Fuhr

P, Boston Red Sox

Read Bio
Hall of Fame

Miller Huggins

2B, Cincinnati Reds

Read Bio
Season Profile

1923 Boston Red Sox

Harry Frazee sold th

Read Bio
Historical Figure

Newt Allen

Newton Henry Allen

Read Bio
Manager Profile

Tommy Lasorda

Brooklyn Bridegrooms

Read Bio
Ballpark Profile

Nationals

Located in Washington, D.C.,

Read Bio
Tagged:
1948 World Series, Atlanta Braves, Baseball History, Boston Braves, Guido Rugo, Joe Maney, MLB Owner, Milwaukee Braves

Comments

Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: