Ted Bonda

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Alva T. "Ted" Bonda (born 1917 in Cleveland, OH, died October 22, 2005 in Cleveland) was the president of the Cleveland Indians from 1973 to 1978. He was a partner in Nick Mileti's ownership group who assumed control of the team in 1973, though Mileti wasn't completely bought out until 1975.[1] While with the Indians in 1974 he hired Frank Robinson to be the first African-American baseball manager.

Bonda was a partner with Howard Metzenbaum in Metzenbaum's airport parking company. The two were also principal owners of the Cleveland Stokers professional soccer club and in the Indians. He was named after Alva Bradley, a previous Indians owner who owned the building where Bonda's father worked.

Bonda was active in civic affairs, particularly the Cleveland School Board.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Torry, Jack (1996). "Chapter 6, You're Committing Suicide". Endless Summers: The Fall and Rise of the Cleveland Indians. Diamond Communications, Inc. pp. 104–125. ISBN 0-912083-98-0. 
Preceded by
Nick Mileti
Owner of the Cleveland Indians
1975 — 1978
Succeeded by
Steve O'Neill
Preceded by
Nick Mileti
President of the Cleveland Indians
1975 — 1978
Succeeded by
Gabe Paul