The “Old Fox” Passes Away

Saturday October 27, 1955

A little more than a week earlier, Clark Griffith checked into Georgetown hospital for treatment of neuritis. Shortly after his stay at the hospital began, Griffith suffered stomach hemorrhaging. The obit in the New York Times read like a baseball game recap:

He had rallied, but tonight took a turn for the worse and died in an hour.

While Griffith is mostly remembered for is ownership of the Washington franchise, he also had a very long and successful career as a major league pitcher. When the American League came into existence in 1901, Griffith was one of the first players to join the new league, and became player/manager of the first ever AL Champion Chicago White Sox. He also managed in New York and Cincinnati before he landed in Washington for the 1912 season.

He had been associated with the franchise ever since: 43 years. His adopted son Calvin will take over his share in the team.

Here is the fill obit.


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