Wednesday, May 02, 2018

You Too Can Own the Dodgers

Are you in the market for 2,398 shares of the Dodgers franchise?

Well, I've got some good news for you. Featured is a 1948 stock certificate originally issued to Marie McKeever Mulvey for the Brooklyn National League Baseball Club. (Auction Link)

Marie, or Dearie as she was known to friends, was the daughter of construction contractor Stephen McKeever. As you may know, Stephen and his brother Ed partnered with Charles Ebbets to build Ebbets Field; taking a significant ownership stake in the process. Together with Ebbets they continued to operate the franchise until Charles Ebbets died in 1925. Then a week later Ed McKeever died from the flu after contracting a cold during Charles Ebbets funeral. Thereafter, brother Stephen became the primary operator of the club until his death in 1938.

At that point, Dearie and her husband, became an owner of the team; along with the Brooklyn Trust Company (handling the estate of Charles Ebbets). She maintained ownership in the club until her death in 1968, at which time her husband took control until he sold the family's final shares to O'Malley in 1975.  BTW, her husband was James Mulvey, who was once President of Samuel Goldwyn Productions.

Obviously, this stock certificate is no longer outstanding. So, it's just a nice memento of the past.

I do wonder, though, if I could somehow show this to the Guggenheim folks and finagle my way into the ownership box.

Do you think they'd be fooled?

Yeah, I don't think so either.

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1 comment:

  1. Very cool piece of memorabilia. Love the Branch Rickey autograph.


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