Ellis Ryan

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Ellis Ryan
Born (1904-06-07)June 7, 1904
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died August 11, 1966(1966-08-11) (aged 62)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Ohio State University
Occupation Businessman, insurance executive
Known for Owner of the Cleveland Indians, 1949 to 1952

Ellis W. Ryan (June 7, 1904 – August 11, 1966) was the principal owner of the Cleveland Indians of the American League from 1949 through 1952. He was born in Cleveland. A group headed by Ryan purchased the Indians from Bill Veeck. In 1952, Ryan sold his share of the franchise to Myron H. Wilson.

Following the sale of the Indians, Mr. Ryan was one of a group that purchased the Cleveland Browns in 1953. That group sold the Browns to Art Modell in 1961.

Mr. Ryan was an insurance executive in Cleveland. His insurance agency was located in the same building as the Cleveland Arena. At one time, he was a part owner of the Cleveland Arena and the Cleveland Barons minor league hockey team (AHL).

He died in 1966 at the age of 62 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[1][2] His body was returned to Cleveland, and he was buried at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.[3]


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  2. ^ "Ellis W. Ryan Sportsman, Dies", The Times Recorder, Friday, August 12, 1966, Zanesville, Ohio, United States Of America
  3. ^ Lee 2009, p. 493.

Cleveland Indians owners