Title

Lurie, Robert: San Francisco Giants

Abstract

Bob Lurie: It started out when Chuck Feeney, who was my big buddy and was at that time president of the National League, said the Orange want to have a conference call and talk about the situation. So we had a conference call – I think it was on a Monday or so at noon. I had just come back from a trip through Minneapolis because a Short had fallen down and broken his hip and was in the hospital. We had the conference call at noon and I requested 48 hours to find a partner to try to buy the Giants. And in their great wisdom, they gave me five hours. Walter O’Malley was a great help in that he didn’t want to see the rivalry disappear by having the Giants going to Toronto. So he tried to get a longer period, but they said, “No, call us back in five hours.” Back then there were a lot of people, supposedly, interested in getting involved. As I tried to call some of those people, it turned out they were all out to lunch for more than five hours. So nobody was around until I guess Corey got a call from a man by the name of Bud Herseth -- probably around 3 o’clock that afternoon -- saying that he loved baseball, heard there was something going on in San Francisco and a problem. Bottom line to several phone calls in an hour or two was that he had some money, he wanted to put it up, he wanted to become a partner, and we verbally came to an agreement. At 5 o’clock that day, I called back and said I had a partner. Buzzy Vuvezy said, “Oh, I know about Herseth. He’s a good person; he’d fit in fine.”, so they gave us approval, and things went from there.

Type

Interview

Relation

The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives, University of the Pacific Library

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