Mrs. B. Dreyfuss Dies in Pittsburgh Hospital: Former Pirates Owner Never Lost Interest in Baseball, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-15


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Mrs. B. Dreyfuss Dies In Pittsburgh Hospital Former Pirates Owner Never Lost Interest m Baseball PITTSBURGH, Pa.. May 13 UP. — Mrs. Barney Dreyfuss, 78, one of the few woman club owners in major league baseball history, died Friday night in Monteflore Hospital. Mrs. Dreyfuss, who had been ill for three weeks, was associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates for more than a half century. Her husband was the first owner of the club. Following the death of her husband in 1932, Mrs. Dreyfuss held a controlling interest in the Pirates for 15 years. She sold the club in 1947 to a four-man combine headed by Frank E. McKinney, Indianapolis banker, and including crooner Bing Crosby. Despite her age, she continued to take an active interest in the Pirates and was a familiar figure at Forbes Field. She considered Honus Wagner, former Pirate great who was named to the hall of fame, the "finest and smoothest" player of all time. Mrs. Dreyfuss is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Ben-swanger.

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