Larry MacPhail

Larry MacPhail

About Larry MacPhail

Leland Stanford 'Larry' MacPhail, Sr. (February 3, 1890 October 1, 1975) was an American lawyer, and an executive and innovator in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978. MacPhail's father founded State Savings Bank of Scottville, Michigan in 1882 as well as twenty other small banks in that state. Larry MacPhail obtained a LL.B. from the George Washington University Law School where he became friends with Branch Rickey. He worked for a time with a Chicago law firm. Prior to World War I Larry MacPhail was an executive of a department store in Nashville, Tennessee and during World War I, he served as an artillery captain in France and Belgium. He accompanied his commander, Colonel Luke Lea, on an unsanctioned mission to Amerongen in the Netherlands in January 1919 to attempt to arrest the exiled German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, and bring him to the Paris Peace Conference to be tried for war crimes.

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