Frank J. Farrell

Frank J. Farrell (c. 1866 – February 10, 1926) was an American baseball executive. He and William S. Devery were the first owners of the New York Highlanders (now New York Yankees). They purchased the Baltimore Orioles on January 9, 1903 for $18,000 and moved it to New York City.[1]

Frank J. Farrell
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Bornc. 1866
DiedFebruary 10, 1926
SpouseAnna E. (c. 1886–aft. 1926)


He was born around 1866. Farrell was involved in New York City gambling, and owned pool halls and a casino. At one time he was the partner of William Burbridge.[2]

In 1912 he fired Harry Wolverton as the manager of the Yankees.[3] On January 29, 1915 Farrell and Devery sold the Yankees to Jacob Ruppert and Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston for $460,000.[4][5][6]

Farrell died in Atlantic City, New Jersey, of a heart attack, after recovering from a bout of bronchitis.[7]

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  1. ^ "Yankees Timeline". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2007-06-18. January 9, 1903: Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the defunct Baltimore franchise of the American League for $18,000 and then move the team to Manhattan.
  2. ^ "Billy Burbridge Dead". The New York Times. September 17, 1912. Retrieved 2007-06-18. Noted Gambler and ex-Partner of Farrell, Expires in Sanitarium.
  3. ^ "Wolverton Dropped As Yankees Manager. Frank Farrell Declines To Renew Contract. New Leader Not Announced". The New York Times. November 7, 1912. Retrieved 2010-03-25. Harry Wolverton, who managed the New York Americans during the past season, was yesterday deposed as manager by Frank J. Farrell, owner of the club. The official announcement of Wolverton's release was not made at the club headquarters, Mr. Farrell refusing to make any statement other than that he had declined to renew Wolverton's contract for another year.
  4. ^ "Yankees Timeline". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2007-06-18. January 29, 1915: Col. Jacob Ruppert and Col. Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston purchase the Yankees for $1.25 million.
  5. ^ Note that the Yankee website uses the number $1.25 million, while the obituary for Farrell reports $460,000. The Yankee archivist has been contacted about the discrepancy on June 18, 2007.
  6. ^ "Gov. Smith At Bier Of Frank Farrell. City Officials, Baseball And Racing Men Attend Rites For Former Owner Of Yankees. Guardsmen Are Bearers The Rev. Leo Ryan Celebrates Requiem Mass In Church Of The Blessed Sacrament". The New York Times. February 13, 1926. Retrieved 2007-06-18. Governor Smith, his family and members of his staff, many city and county officials, baseball and racing men attended the funeral yesterday of Frank Farrell, former owner of the New York Yankees, in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Broadway and Seventy-first street. The requiem mass was celebrated by the Rev. Leo Ryan, assisted by Rev. Thomas Philbin and Rev Thomas Hines.
  7. ^ "Frank J. Farrell, Sportsman, Dies. Suffers a Heart Attack While Recuperating From Bronchitis in Atlantic City". The New York Times. February 11, 1926. Retrieved 2007-06-18. ... Devery and Ferrell remained in baseball from 1903 until 1915, when the holdings were sold to Colonel Jacob Ruppert, the present owner, and Colonel T.H. Huston for $460,000.
Preceded by Owner of the New York Yankees
with William S. Devery 1903–1915
Succeeded by