One thing is common to baseball club owners: wealth.
Beyond that, there are personal idiosyncracies which may or may not have
something to do with how wealth is acquired. How divergent these may be is
shown by Joe Kaufman's drawing in which, reading counterclockwise from top
left, we find Lou Perini, whose activities with steamshovels enabled him to
purchase the Milwaukee Braves; Spike Briggs, who made his way to ownership of
the Detroit Tigers via the plumbing manufacturing business; Arnold Johnson, who
capitalized so well on people's thirst for soft drinks that now he owns the
Kansas City Athletics; Gussie Busch, who deals in slightly harder stuff and now
calls the tune for the St. Louis Cardinals. Phil Wrigley's real hobby is
tinkering with cars; he is less successful at tinkering with the Chicago Cubs.
Grace Comiskey was a violinist in her youth; her Chicago White Sox have been
notable lately for their melodious (and profitable) counterpoint to the more
stirring music of pennant winners. Tom Yawkey, a hunter by avocation, goes
gunning on the diamond too; last season his Red Sox nearly winged the American
League's top teams. Bob Carpenter, a football end in college whose father was a
Du Pont official, is still running with his Phillies. Walter O'Malley, as
everyone knows, has a green thumb with the Dodgers—and with flowers as well. As
for Horace Stoneham (center), he's a straight baseball man, and one of the most
tireless jugglers in the game.