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    Aug 2, 1993 - In a bankruptcy auction‚ The Baltimore Orioles are sold for $173 million by lawyer Peter Angleos and Banker Bill DeWitt‚ Jr. Eli Jacobs‚ the previous owner‚ eclared bankruptcy‚ necessitating the sale. He bought the team for $70 million. The previous high for a sports franchise was the $140 million for the Dallas Cowboys in 1989.

    Dec 5, 1966 - Bill DeWitt sells the Reds to a group of Cincinnati investors‚ headed by Francis Dale‚ for an estimated $7 million. In two weeks‚ they hire Bob Howsam away from the Cardinals to be GM.

    Dec 9, 1965 - OF Frank Robinson is traded from Cincinnati to the Orioles for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and OF Dick Simpson. The Reds Bill DeWitt defends the trade by labeling Robinson "an old 30‚" a concept that Robinson will quickly prove wrong.

    Dec 31, 1962 - The state of Ohio withdraws a suit against the Reds when owner Bill DeWitt agrees in writing that the club will stay in Cincinnati for 10 years.

    Dec 18, 1961 - Bill DeWitt is elected president of the Reds‚ and Stanley Kess‚ chairman of the board.

    Oct 11, 1960 - Radio-television executive John Fetzer buys a controlling interest of the Tigers‚ giving one man control of the team for the first time since Walter Briggs died in 1952. He offers club president Bill DeWitt a job as his assistant.

    Oct 3, 1960 - Joe Gordon (26-31) resigns as manager of the Tigers‚ blaming interference by from club president Bill DeWitt. Gordon will be named manager of the KC Athletics‚ replacing Bob Elliott.

    Aug 3, 1960 - Frank Lane trades managers with Detroit's GM Bill DeWitt. The Indians Joe Gordon (49-46) is dealt to the Tigers for Jimmy Dykes (44-52). For one game‚ until the pair can change places‚ Jo-Jo White pilots the Indians and Billy Hitchcock guides the Tigers.

    Nov 12, 1936 - Following the death of Phil deCateesby Ball‚ wealthy owner of the St. Louis Browns‚ his estate sells the team to a syndicate headed by Donald L. Barnes and Bill DeWitt. As the new owners of Sportsman's Park‚ they announce their intention to install lights and bring night baseball to the AL‚ an idea endorsed by the Cardinals as well.

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