Francis L. Dale

Francis Lykins Dale (July 13, 1921 – November 28, 1993) was an American business executive and Republican political operative. He was also owner and president of the Cincinnati Reds for six years, and served as commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League for two years. Dale was a commanding officer in the United States Navy during World War II.

American business executive, political operative, and baseball team owner
Francis L. Dale

Dale, c. 1966
Born (1921-07-13)July 13, 1921

Champaign, Illinois[lower-alpha 1]
Died November 28, 1993(1993-11-28) (aged 72)

Nationality American
Alma mater Duke University
University of Virginia
Occupation Lawyer, publisher
Known for Owner & president of the Cincinnati Reds (1967–1973)

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Dale graduated from Duke University and obtained a law degree from the University of Virginia. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy from May 1943 until June 1946.[2] He was a commanding officer of USS Pillsbury, an antisubmarine craft that captured the German submarine U-505, among other exploits.

After returning to civilian life, Dale served as a partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Frost & Jacobs. He was also publisher of The Cincinnati Enquirer from 1965 to 1973. He was the last publisher to preside over the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner.

In 1967, Dale led a group that bought the Cincinnati Reds from Bill DeWitt. As team president from 1967 to 1973, Dale was a supporter of building the downtown Riverfront Stadium, the Reds’ home when the park opened in 1970. Generally, Dale was a hands-off owner; he left the Reds in the hands of general manager Bob Howsam. Dale sold his interest to minority partner Louis Nippert in 1973.

Dale served on Richard M. Nixon‘s Citizens Committee to Re-Elect the President during 1971–1972, and was appointed by Nixon to serve as United States representative to the United Nations in Geneva in 1972 with the rank of ambassador.[3]

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