The Hall's newest members
December, 3, 2007
Just a quick rundown of our five new Hall of Famers • Barney Dreyfuss owned major league teams for more than 40 years, most famously the Pirates from 1901 until 1932. He was chiefly responsible for the first "World's Series" in 1903, and his Pirates won six National League pennants. The standards for a Hall of Fame owner are not clear, but whatever you come up with, Dreyfuss probably would meet them. If you're going to put owners in the Hall of Fame, Dreyfuss should be one of them. • Same goes for Walter O'Malley. If you came up with those standards for owners, the two main ingredients would be tenure and impact. O'Malley scores well on both counts. He bought into the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, gained control of the franchise a few years later, and owned the Dodgers until he died in 1979. He opened up the West, moving the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958, and for many years he essentially ran the National League.