Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston

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Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston
Tillinghast Huston 1923.jpg
Huston at the opening of Yankee Stadium, April 18, 1923.
Born July 17, 1867
Buffalo, New York
Died March 29, 1938
Darien, Georgia
Occupation Baseball executive
Spouse(s) Lena Belle Glathart
Parents Richard Grier Huston and Mary Elizabeth Samuel

Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston (July 17, 1867 – March 29, 1938), popularly known as Cap Huston, was co-owner of the Major League Baseball team that became the New York Yankees with Jacob Ruppert from 1915 to 1922. They had purchased the club from Frank J. Farrell and William S. Devery.[1] In 1922, Huston retired and sold his share to Ruppert for $1.50 million.[2][3][4]

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He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1867, and married Lena Belle Glathart. Huston was a captain in the 16th Regiment of Engineers (Railway), serving in Cuba during the Spanish American War. In August 1917, Huston arrived in France, and became commander of 16th Regiment of Engineers in spring of 1918 with rank of Lt. Colonel. Huston died on March 29, 1938, in Darien, Georgia at the age of 70.[5] Boston lawyer Preston Wentworth Leonard, and agricultural entrepreneur Richard Huston Leonard, a graduate of Georgetown University and Columbia University, are among Huston's surviving relatives.

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  1. ^ "Yankees Timeline". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-06-18. January 29, 1915: Col. Jacob Ruppert and Col. Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston purchase the Yankees for $1.25 million. 
  2. ^ "Yankees Timeline". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2007-06-18. May 21, 1922: Col. Ruppert buys out Col. Huston for $1.5 million. 
  3. ^ "Frank J. Farrell, Sportsman, Dies.". New York Times. February 11, 1926. Suffers a Heart Attack While Recuperating From Bronchitis in Atlantic City. ... Devery and Ferrell remained in baseball from 1903 until 1915, when the holdings were sold to Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the present owner, and Colonel T.H. Huston for $460,000. 
  4. ^ Note that the Yankee website uses the number $1.25 million for the "purchase" by Huston. The obituary for Farrell reports the figure as $460,000. Huston sold the franchise for $1.25 million. The Yankee archivist has been contacted about the error on June 18, 2007.
  5. ^ "Col. T. L'H. Huston, Ball Club Partner; Former Co-Owner Of Yankees Dies. Helped In Team's Rise To Two Championships. Sold Out For $1,250,000. Engineer And Contractor Had Served As Officer In World And Spanish Wars Built Game Into An Industry Favored Public Control". New York Times. March 30, 1938. Colonel Tillinghast L'H. Huston, who was co-owner of the New York Yankees baseball club before retiring to a Georgia plantation, died in his home today. He was 71 years old. 

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Preceded by
William S. Devery and Frank J. Farrell
Owner of the New York Yankees
with Jacob Ruppert (1915-1922)
Succeeded by
Jacob Ruppert (as sole proprietor)