The celebrations of the 50th anniversary of baseball's move to the West Coast invariably start with one name: Walter O'Malley. The man he couldn't have done it without is usually overlooked.
Horace Stoneham, owner of the New York/San Francisco Giants, played as important a role in the geographical expansion of Major League Baseball as his Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers counterpart . . . Stoneham, who died in 1990, didn't follow O'Malley to the West Coast — National League owners approved the move contingent on at least two teams relocating.
I don't know much about Stoneham, but I do like the fact that, according to the article, he was a baseball guy and a baseball guy only. No car dealerships. No newspaper or TV consortiums. His one and only business was running a baseball team. Maybe that isn't the wisest financial decision, but there's something to love about it.