Calvin Griffith and Adoption

Bronze statue of Griffith in Minneapolis


Griffith took control of the American League's Washington Senators baseball team in 1955, after the death of his uncle and adoptive (or foster, sources differ) father, the player-owner-manager Clark Calvin Griffith (1869-1955). He moved the club to Minneapolis-St. Paul in 1960, as the Minnesota Twins. In 1984 he and his sister sold their interests in the club, ending 72 years of Griffith family ownership.


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