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. He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University.
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
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. 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. This has led some fans to regard Dolan as miserly, although other fans dispute the reputation.
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
(as Indians owner)
- ^ Larry Dolan| Cleveland Indians Baseball | Cleveland Seniors Profile
- ^ Cleveland State University News Releases
- ^ Details of Dolan Family ownership - Sports Business Daily.com
- ^ Roth, Phil. "MLB Past and Future Payrolls". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- ^ 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.
- ^ Dery, Todd (April 8, 2015). "How the Indians Were Built Through a Series of Nifty Trades". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
- ^ Cleveland sports HOF class of 2014 - Cleveland Sports Hall.com
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 ...
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:08:05 -0800
Uh no the Indians are a joke and I have refused to watch them since I heard Larry Dolan make that statement. it sure as hell isn't the Browns. Thats how stupid most Cleveland fans are. They cant recognize quality when they have. You clown, win the ...
Factory Of Sadness
Factory Of Sadness
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:41:15 -0800
Larry Dolan owns the Cleveland Indians but he isn't the most liked guy in town. Whether it is a belief that he should spend more money in free agency, that he hires or fires the wrong coaches or that he hasn't done enough to update The Jake, sorry ...
Fri, 14 Aug 2015 17:10:48 -0700
Columbia Academy fans were singing the praises of head coach Larry Dolan after he guided the Cougars to a 7-4 season last year, the school's best finish since 2004. Building on that success will be the challenge as the former Forrest County AHS coach ...
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 ...
New York Post
Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:28:18 -0700
Larry Dolan and his family bought the Indians for $323 million in 1999 from Richard Jacob. Under the Dolans' ownership, the team made the playoffs in 2007 and 2013, but has mostly disappointed. When Jacob owned the team, player salaries were among ...
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:33:45 -0700
Larry Dolan, Paul's father, purchased the Indians for $323 million following the 1999 season. Paul Dolan was named the organization's control person in January 2013. The Indians drew just 1,388,905 fans to Progressive Field this season, the lowest ...
Tue, 07 May 2013 05:33:30 -0700
This is Larry Dolan. Dolan owns the Cleveland Indians. He's the guy who makes money from selling t-shirts with grotesque, offensive characterizations of native Americans on them, at least he's the main one. I hate the Cleveland Indian's logo. I have ...
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