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Yankees’ Ruppert Enters Baseball Hall in Pre-Integration Class

Jacob Ruppert, who bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox and turned around the fortunes of the New York Yankees, was among three people chosen today for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Joining Ruppert on the list of inductees from the hall’s Pre-Integration Era Committee are umpire Hank O’Day and 19th Century infielder/catcher Deacon White.

They each received the 12 or more votes needed from the 16-member committee, and will be inducted into the Cooperstown, New York, shrine in July 2013. The election results were announced at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ruppert, a brewer who also served in the U.S. House of Representatives, bought the Yankees in 1915 and transformed them from a struggling franchise into one that would go on to win a record 27 World Series championships. In addition to buying Ruth, Ruppert built the original Yankee Stadium.

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