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Lawrence Dolan
Born (1931-02-08) February 8, 1931 (age 85)
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nationality American
Occupation Attorney (retired)
MLB team owner

Lawrence J. "Larry" Dolan (born February 8, 1931 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is a retired attorney and the principal owner of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians.



Dolan attended St. Ignatius High School and got his LL.B. degree from University of Notre Dame in 1956.[1] He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Upon leaving Notre Dame, Dolan served in the United States Marine Corps for two years, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1958, Dolan worked as assistant prosecutor in Geauga County, Ohio before going into private practice. He eventually became president and managing partner of Thrasher, Dinsmore, & Dolan in Chardon, Ohio.

Cleveland Indians owner[edit]

In 2000, Dolan (through a family trust) bought the Cleveland Indians of the MLB for $323 million from Richard Jacobs, who, along with his late brother David Jacobs, had paid $35 million for the club in 1986. Jacobs had taken the Indians public in 1997. As part of the deal, Dolan bought all of the stock at just over $12 a share, making the franchise privately held once again.[3] During his time as owner, the Indians have experienced periods of competitiveness, including playoff appearances in 2007 and 2013, as well as periods without success, including several seasons with over 90 losses. While the Indians' player salaries were among the highest in Major League Baseball during Jacobs' last years as owner, at times they have been among the lowest under Dolan.[4] This has led some fans to regard Dolan as miserly,[5] although other fans dispute the reputation.[6]

In 2006 he started SportsTime Ohio to air Indians games. Dolan has six children; among them are Matt who was a State Representative, and Paul who worked for his law firm and was since named as President, and later Chairman/CEO of the Indians. Dolan has said his children will eventually assume ownership of the Cleveland Indians in his stead. In 2012, STO was sold to Fox Entertainment Group.

His nephew James L. Dolan owns the New York Knicks of the NBA and the New York Rangers of the NHL.

He has three brothers: Charles; Bill (retired and living in Fort Myers, Florida) and David, who died in a glider plane crash in 1980.

Awards and honors[edit]

(as Indians owner)


  1. ^ Larry Dolan| Cleveland Indians Baseball | Cleveland Seniors Profile
  2. ^ Cleveland State University News Releases
  3. ^ Details of Dolan Family ownership - Sports Business Daily.com
  4. ^ Roth, Phil. "MLB Past and Future Payrolls". Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ Pluto, Terry (2008). Dealing: The Cleveland Indians' New Ballgame: How a Small-Market Team Reinvented Itself as a Major League Contender. Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-049-2. 
  6. ^ Dery, Todd (April 8, 2015). "How the Indians Were Built Through a Series of Nifty Trades". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved April 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ Cleveland sports HOF class of 2014 - Cleveland Sports Hall.com

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Hattiesburg American

Hattiesburg American
Fri, 08 Apr 2016 06:38:34 -0700

Columbia Academy head football coach Larry Dolan has accepted the head coaching job at Pearl River Central High School. Dolan replaces former Blue Devils coach Eric Collins after he left to become D'Iberville High School's head football coach.


Mon, 02 May 2016 05:50:34 -0700

I think the recent announcement that the Seattle Mariners are being sold is going to allow Larry Dolan to get a higher price for a significant stake in the Cleveland Indians. No baseball team has been sold since the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego ...

Picayune Item

Picayune Item
Sat, 09 Apr 2016 05:00:00 -0700

Friday, the Pearl River County School Board approved hiring Larry Dolan as Pearl River Central High School's new athletic director and head football coach for the 2016-2107 school year. He will also serve in that capacity through the remainder of the ...


Mon, 30 Nov 2015 19:55:47 -0800

When it comes to listening, it's hard to do it better than Larry Dolan. In 17 years as a child advocate, he has helped more than 100 vulnerable children navigate the courts and Child Protective Services. “I try to be present,” Dolan said. After being ...
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 06:36:05 -0700

... service members become free agents in the big economy, where the sky's still the limit. The Marine Corps may have the best bead on baseball. Two team owners, Mike Ilitch of the Detroit Tigers and Larry Dolan of the Cleveland Indians, are former ...

Hot Springs Village Voice

Hot Springs Village Voice
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:07:30 -0700

Artrageous is the season opener. Front row (from left) are Larry Dolan, Joey Santiago, Ashley King, Jammie Harrison, and back row, Stacy Tatum, Jeff Smith, Lauri Francis, John de Wolf and Chris Francis. (Submitted photos). American Portraits - Dallas ...


Mon, 04 Apr 2016 04:05:27 -0700

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- After the pageantry -- the massive balloon releases, the giant flag covering the field for the National Anthem and the salutes to the military, the traditional first pitch marks the start of the baseball season. Throwing out the ...


Thu, 07 Apr 2016 11:18:37 -0700

Former Forrest County AHS head coach Larry Dolan appears to be the new head football coach at Perl River Central High School. Dolan guided his alma mater FCAHS to the Class 4A state championship in 2013, and has been the head coach at Columbia ...

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