Henry Killilea

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Henry James Killilea
Henry Killilea.jpg
Killilea while playing on the University of Michigan football team
Born June 30, 1863
Poygan, Wisconsin
Died January 23, 1929(1929-01-23) (aged 65)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Citizenship United States
Alma mater University of Michigan
Known for Football player/Lawyer

Henry James Killilea (June 30, 1863 – January 23, 1929) was one of the five men who founded baseball's American League as a major league in 1899. The other members of the group were his brother Matthew Killilea, Connie Mack, Charles Comiskey, and the leader of the effort, Ban Johnson. Their first meeting was held in Killilea's Milwaukee home. Killilea went to the Oshkosh Normal School (now University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh) and then taught school. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated in 1885. He then practiced law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Killilea was involved in the Democratic Party.[1]

For several years thereafter Killilea served as the league's legal counsel.

The American League started play as a major league in 1901. Killilea owned the league's Milwaukee Brewers franchise that first season, but during the offseason he sold the club, which was moved to St. Louis and renamed the St. Louis Browns before the 1902 season. Killilea also owned the Boston Red Sox from 1903 until 1904.

In 1928 he acquired the Milwaukee Brewers, in this incarnation a minor-league American Association club.

Killilea died in a Milwaukee hospital on January 23, 1929, aged 62, from the effects of a heart attack and then a stroke earlier in the month.[2]


  1. ^ 'History of the Bench and Bar of Wisconsin,' vol. 1, John R. Berryman, H.C. Cooper, Jr., Biographical Sketch of Henry Killilea, pg. 543-546
  2. ^ "H.J. Killilea Dies." New York Times. January 24, 1929. p. 20
Preceded by
Charles Somers
Owner of the Boston Red Sox
Succeeded by
John I. Taylor