|Joseph John Lannin|
April 23, 1866|
|Died||May 15, 1928
Brooklyn, New York City
Joseph John Lannin (April 23, 1866 – 15 May 1928) was a Canadian-born American baseball entrepreneur.
Orphaned at the age of 14, Joseph Lannin migrated from Quebec to Boston, Massachusetts where he worked as a hotel bellboy. He married Hannah Furlong and had two children, Paul Joseph Lannin and Dorothy A. Lannin.
Although he had limited education, Lannin was personable and possessed a quick mind. He soon learned about real estate and the commodities market by listening to the conversations of the wealthy patrons at his hotel and taking advice from those who were willing to share their insights with him.A confident and knowledgeable Joseph Lannin invested his savings in the commodities market, making a small fortune. From there he began to acquire other businesses and eventually built an empire of hotels, apartment buildings, and golf courses.
On December 21, 1913, Lannin and a group of investors purchased 50% of the Boston Red Sox baseball team from Jimmy McAleer and Robert B. McRoy. In 1914 he became the sole owner of the Red Sox and in that same year he purchased the rights to bring Babe Ruth to Boston resulting in his team winning the 1915 World Series and 1916 World Series.
With profit made from the sale of his team, he continued to invest in real estate ventures in Boston and across New York State.
He acquired Roosevelt Airfield where Charles Lindbergh began his historic transatlantic flight. Lannin provided Lindbergh with a room at his nearby hotel and watched the takeoff from Roosevelt Airfield on May 20, 1927.
- "J.J. Lannin Killed By Fall At Hotel. Owner of Roosevelt Field and Other Hostelries Plunges Out Brooklyn Window. He Developed Babe Ruth. Garden City Hotel Proprietor Was Promoter of Flying and Golfing. Fortune Put at $7,000,000. Believes Death Was Accidental. Woman Saw Body Fall. ...". New York Times. May 16, 1928. Retrieved 2015-01-16.
Jimmy McAleer his interest (December 21, 1913) and John I. Taylor (his interest (May 15, 1914))
|Owner of the Boston Red Sox (along with John I. Taylor (1913–1914))
December 21, 1913 – November 2, 1916