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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 twelve dollars 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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Sporting News

Sporting News
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:07:30 -0800

By bringing his team even within sniffing distance of the league average payroll, Cleveland owner Larry Dolan, of the billionaire cable television robber-baron Dolans, might be able to turn the Indians into more of a money-maker by selling more tickets ...


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 ...

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Dispatch
Mon, 25 Jan 2016 02:27:29 -0800

Term-limited Rep. Nan Baker, R-Westlake, hopes to switch chambers. Rep. Mike Dovilla, R-Berea, got into the race after Patton decided to run for his House seat. Patton is now endorsing Dovilla. Former Rep. Matt Dolan, son of Indians owner Larry Dolan, ...

Let's Go Tribe

Let's Go Tribe
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:42:23 -0800

Not only is this the year that Paul Dolan and Larry Dolan took over the Indians, but it is far enough back to be a significant amount of time, but not so far enough that we are talking about how the franchises have been run throughout their entire history.

Canton Repository

Canton Repository
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:48:45 -0800

Page 2 of 2 - And with Indians owner Larry Dolan clipping coupons from the Sunday paper and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam churning through drivers for his clown car, that's not going to change anytime soon. Firing Blatt isn't going to transform Love into a ...
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:37:30 -0800

Staying on the ownership topic, Coughlin believed the expansion franchise may be on stronger footing if a group headed by Larry Dolan, had been awarded the bid, instead of Al Lerner. "The Dolans put together a management team that was headed by Don ...


Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:26:55 -0800

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- New York Knicks owner James Dolan (nephew of Indians owner Larry Dolan) had a not-so-nice email response to a fan go public earlier this week. It was no Phil Savage "Go root for Buffalo. F--k you," but he did follow Savage's playbook ...
Akron Beacon Journal
Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:37:04 -0700

CLEVELAND: Cleveland Indians owner Lawrence “Larry” J. Dolan will be honored with the St. Thomas More Award by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland on Friday. The St. Thomas More Award is given out annually to an attorney ...

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