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Sydney Frank
Sydney Frank.jpg
Frank, c. 1902
Born(1872-10-18)October 18, 1872[1]
Diedunknown, after 1920

Sydney Straus Frank[1][a] (October 18, 1872 – after 1920) was an American business executive, and president and owner of the Baltimore Orioles professional baseball team at the inception of the American League in 1901.[b]


Frank served as team president of the Baltimore Orioles of the American League in 1901, their inaugural season.[2] John Mahon was elected to succeed Frank as chairman at the annual stockholders' meeting in February 1902.[3] Outside of baseball, Frank managed the brokerage firm of Arthur Lipper & Company, and his business obligations were cited as the reason that he did not continue as president of the Orioles.[3][4]

When Mahon sold his controlling interest in the Orioles to John T. Brush and Andrew Freedman of the National League, Ban Johnson, president of the American League, joined with Frank and other minority owners of the Orioles to seize control of the team.[5] The Orioles franchise relocated to New York City for the 1903 season, becoming the New York Highlanders,[6] and since 1913 have been the New York Yankees.[7]

Following Frank's sale of his interest in the Orioles, there would not be another Jewish owner in the American League for nearly a half-century, until former player Hank Greenberg took an ownership position in the Cleveland Indians in 1949.[8]

Personal life

Frank was born in Baltimore in 1872,[4] and had one sibling, a sister, Alice,[9] who died in August 1916.[10]

Frank married Florence Hortense Holzman in November 1906.[11][12] As of November 1910, Frank was living on Madison Avenue in Baltimore, per a newspaper report of his house being robbed.[13] As of the 1920 Census, he was living on Fifth Avenue in New York City, apparently alone.[14] Later information about his personal life is unknown.


  1. ^ Frank's first name sometimes appeared as "Sidney" in contemporary newspapers.
  2. ^ Frank's team was not the current Baltimore Orioles franchise; the Orioles of 1901 and 1902 became the modern-day New York Yankees.


  1. ^ a b "Sydney Straus Frank". Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Baltimore Baseball Club". The Baltimore Sun. January 9, 1901. p. 6. Retrieved September 1, 2020 – via
  3. ^ a b "New Baseball President". The Baltimore Sun. February 18, 1902. p. 6. Retrieved September 1, 2020 – via
  4. ^ a b Reach's Official American League Guide. Francis C. Richter (editor). Philadelphia: A. J. Reach Co. 1902. p. 53. Retrieved September 1, 2020 – via Google Books.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Baltimore to Have Another Ball Team". The Evening Times. Washington, D.C. July 17, 1902. p. 3. Retrieved September 1, 2020 – via
  6. ^ "Timeline - 1900s". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  7. ^ "Timeline - 1910s". Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  8. ^ The Routledge History of American Sport. Linda J. Borish, David K. Wiggins, and Gerald R. Gems (editors). Routledge. 2016. p. 336. ISBN 1138786756. Retrieved August 31, 2020 – via Google Books.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Mrs. Rosalind Frank". The Baltimore Sun. January 24, 1902. p. 7. Retrieved September 2, 2020 – via
  10. ^ "Mrs. Stern Dead". The Evening Sun. Baltimore. August 3, 1916. p. 16. Retrieved September 2, 2020 – via
  11. ^ "Weddings to Come". The Baltimore Sun. November 6, 1906. p. 6. Retrieved September 2, 2020 – via
  12. ^ "Marriage Licenses: Frank—Holzman". The Baltimore Sun. November 6, 1906. p. 6. Retrieved September 2, 2020 – via
  13. ^ "Thieves Make Big Haul". The Evening Sun. Baltimore. November 7, 1910. p. 7. Retrieved September 2, 2020 – via
  14. ^ "14th Census of the United States". United States Census Bureau. 1920. Retrieved September 2, 2020 – via
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