Larry Dolan

Lawrence J. Dolan (born February 8, 1931 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is a retired attorney and the principal owner of Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians.

Lawrence Dolan
BornFebruary 8, 1931 (age 88)
OccupationAttorney (retired)
MLB team owner



Dolan attended St. Ignatius High School and got his law degree from University of Notre Dame in 1956.[1] He also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Cleveland State University.[2]

Professional career

Upon leaving Notre Dame, Dolan served in the United States Marine Corps for two years, where he attained the rank of first lieutenant. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1958, Dolan worked as assistant prosecutor in Geauga County, Ohio before going into private practice. He eventually became president and managing partner of Thrasher, Dinsmore, & Dolan in Chardon, Ohio.

Cleveland Indians owner

In 2000, Dolan (through a family trust) bought the Cleveland Indians of the MLB for $323 million from Richard Jacobs, who, along with his late brother David Jacobs, had paid $35 million for the club in 1986. Jacobs had taken the Indians public in 1997.[3] As part of the deal, Dolan bought all of the stock at just over $12 a share, making the franchise privately held once again.[4] During his time as owner, the Indians have experienced periods of competitiveness, including playoff runs in 2007, 2013, and making it to the World Series in 2016, as well as periods without success, including several seasons with over 90 losses.

While the Indians' player salaries were among the highest in Major League Baseball during Jacobs' last years as owner, at times they have been among the lowest under Dolan.[5] This has led some fans to regard Dolan as miserly,[6] although other fans dispute the reputation.[7] After the team reached the 2016 World Series, the Indians acquired free agents Edwin Encarnación and Boone Logan.[8][9] However, both of these players were with other teams by 2019 in an attempt to reduce payroll, thus adding to both sides of the “miserly” argument between fans. [10]

In 2006, he started SportsTime Ohio to air Indians games. Dolan has six children; among them are Matt who is a State Senator, and Paul who worked for his law firm and was since named as President, and later Chairman/CEO/controlling owner of the Indians. Dolan has said his children will eventually assume ownership of the Cleveland Indians in his stead. In 2012, STO was sold to Fox Entertainment Group.

His nephew James L. Dolan owns the New York Knicks of the NBA and the New York Rangers of the NHL.

He has three brothers: Charles; Bill (retired and living in Fort Myers, Florida) and David, who died in a glider plane crash in 1980.

Awards and honors

(as Indians owner)


  1. ^ Larry Dolan| Cleveland Indians Baseball | Cleveland Seniors Profile
  2. ^ Cleveland State University News Releases
  3. ^ Sandomir, Richard (1999-11-05). "BASEBALL; A Dolan Agrees to Purchase the Indians for $320 Million". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-12.
  4. ^ Details of Dolan Family ownership - Sports Business
  5. ^ Roth, Phil. "MLB Past and Future Payrolls". Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  6. ^ Pluto, Terry (2008). Dealing: The Cleveland Indians' New Ballgame: How a Small-Market Team Reinvented Itself as a Major League Contender. Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-049-2.
  7. ^ Dery, Todd (April 8, 2015). "How the Indians Were Built Through a Series of Nifty Trades". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Meisel, Zack (January 27, 2017). "Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan, on Edwin Encarnación's hefty contract: 'There's no better time than now'". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Pluto, Terry (February 4, 2017). "Cleveland Indians have Terry Talkin' Boone Logan, ownership spending". Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
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  11. ^ Cleveland sports HOF class of 2014 - Cleveland Sports
2006 Cleveland Indians season

The 2006 Cleveland Indians season was the 106th season for the franchise. It began with the Cleveland Indians attempting to win the AL Central and make the Playoffs. The Indians finished with a mediocre 78-84 record and missed the playoffs. It was the final season before Progressive bought the naming rights to then-Jacobs Field.

2010 Cleveland Indians season

The 2010 Cleveland Indians season marked the 110th season for the franchise, with the Indians attempting to improve on their fourth-place finish in the AL Central in 2009. The team played all of its home games at Progressive Field. In addition, this was the second season for the Indians playing their spring training games in Goodyear, Arizona. Manny Acta took over as the manager in 2010, after the Indians fired Eric Wedge at the end of his seventh season managing the Indians. Acta was formerly the manager of the Washington Nationals. Fausto Carmona represented the team at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

2018 Cleveland Indians season

The 2018 Cleveland Indians season was the 118th season for the franchise. It was the sixth season under the leadership of manager Terry Francona and third under general manager Mike Chernoff. The Indians played all of their home games at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. This was the last season in which the Indians logo Chief Wahoo was used on uniforms or on stadium signs. They won their third straight American League Central title before being swept by the defending World Series champion Houston Astros in the 2018 American League Division Series. Due to the Indians losing to the Astros, the Indians became the 5th team in MLB history to have a 70 year title drought.

2019 Cleveland Indians season

The 2019 Cleveland Indians season is the 119th season for the franchise. It is the seventh season under the leadership of manager Terry Francona and fourth under general manager Mike Chernoff. The Indians play all of their home games at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. In April 2019, the Indians extended Francona's contract for two more years.

Al Lerner

Alfred "Al" Lerner (May 8, 1933 – October 23, 2002) was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was best known as the Chairman of the Board of credit card giant MBNA and the owner of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was also a past president of the Board of Trustees of the famed Cleveland Clinic as well as a major benefactor.

Chief Wahoo

Chief Wahoo was the logo of the Cleveland Indians, a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio. As part of the larger Native American mascot controversy, it drew criticism from Native Americans, social scientists, and religious and educational groups, but remains popular among many fans of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. On January 29, 2018, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and Indians' owner Paul Dolan announced that Chief Wahoo would no longer appear on uniforms or stadium signs following the end of the 2018 season. Merchandise featuring the logo will still be available at the Indians' ballpark and retail stores in Ohio, but will no longer be sold on the league's website. The team's primary logo is now a block "C".

The Chief Wahoo logo was last worn by the Indians in an 11–3 loss to the Houston Astros on October 8, 2018 in the 2018 American League Division Series. News outlets noted the irony of the logo's final appearance being on Indigenous Peoples' Day/Columbus Day.

Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1994, they have played at Progressive Field. The team's spring training facility is at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona. Since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the Indians have won two World Series championships: in 1920 and 1948, along with 10 Central Division titles and six American League pennants. The Indians' current World Series championship drought is the longest active drought among all 30 current Major League teams.The name "Indians" originated from a request by club owner Charles Somers to baseball writers to choose a new name to replace "Cleveland Naps" following the departure of Nap Lajoie after the 1914 season. The name referenced the nickname "Indians" that was applied to the Cleveland Spiders baseball club during the time when Louis Sockalexis, a Native American, played in Cleveland. Common nicknames for the Indians include the "Tribe" and the "Wahoos", the latter being a reference to their former logo, Chief Wahoo. The team's mascot is named "Slider."

The franchise originated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1894 as the Grand Rapids Rustlers, a minor league team that competed in the Western League. The team then relocated to Cleveland in 1900 and changed its name to the Cleveland Lake Shores. The Western League itself changed its name to the American League while continuing its minor league status. One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the major league incarnation of the club was founded in Cleveland in 1901. Originally called the Cleveland Bluebirds, the team played in League Park until moving permanently to Cleveland Stadium in 1946. At the end of the 2018 season, they had a regular season franchise record of 9,384–8,968 (.511). From August 24 to September 14, 2017, the Indians won 22 consecutive games, which is the longest winning streak in American League history.

Cleveland Indians name and logo controversy

As part of the Native American mascot controversy, the Cleveland Indians logo, Chief Wahoo, has drawn particular criticism from some activist groups as an offensive racial caricature. Furthermore, the use of "Indians" as the name of a team is also part of the controversy which has led over 115 activists groups to publish resolutions or policies that state that any use of Native American names and/or symbols by non-native sports teams is a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping that promote misunderstanding and prejudice which contributes to other problems faced by Native Americans.A few Native Americans have been protesting and taking other actions opposing the name and logo since the 1970s. There has been a demonstration on Opening Day each year since 1986. The team owners and management have defended their use as having no intent to offend, but rather to honor Native Americans, and claiming strong support from the fans.

At the beginning of 2014, the use of Chief Wahoo was officially reduced to secondary status in favor of a block "C", but Chief Wahoo hats were worn with home white jerseys and alternate navy blue jerseys both at home and on the road. This drew national attention during both the 2016 American League Championship Series and the 2016 World Series. While official use of the Chief Wahoo logo at the stadium has declined, fans attending the home games continue to wear clothing or carry signs prominently displaying the image. Protests continued as Cleveland returned to the World Series for the first time in 19 years, which they lost to the Chicago Cubs in 7 games. In August 2016, a team spokesman said the team was "very cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the conversation" but had "no plans of making a change." Hundreds of Native Americans protested outside the stadium during the first game of the series.The National Congress of American Indians sent a request to Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred that members of the Native American community be included; the request was in response to Commissioner Manfred's announcement that he planned to meet with Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan about the issue following the conclusion of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. In advance of this meeting, the president of the American Sociological Association (ASA) sent a letter to Commissioner Manfred stating that the ASA and many other scholarly organizations have issued policies based upon scientific research that the use of Native American names and logos reinforce stereotypes creates a hostile environment for Native Americans. While the meeting occurred, according to Cleveland Scene, there was "nothing new to report." Discussions between the team and MLB continued at the beginning of the 2017 season, with pressure from Manfred that there should be progress towards elimination of the logo. Starting in the 2019 season, the Chief Wahoo logo will not appear on uniforms nor on stadium signs. Merchandise featuring the logo will still be available at the Indians' ballpark and retail stores in Ohio, but will no longer be sold on the league's website.

David Wayne

David Wayne (born Wayne James McMeekan, January 30, 1914 – February 9, 1995) was an American stage and screen actor with a career spanning over 50 years.

Dolan (surname)

Dolan (Irish: Ó Duibhlin) is a surname of Irish origin. Notable people with the surname include:

Andy Dolan (1920–1971), Scottish footballer

B. Dolan, American hip hop artist and poet

Cameron Dolan, American Rugby Player on European Guinness Pro 12 League (Union), and formerly in the English Premiership Rugby Union

Charles Dolan, founder of HBO and chairman of Cablevision Systems Corporation

Charles Dolan (Irish politician), Irish Member of Parliament

Daniel Dolan, Traditional Catholic bishop

Daria Dolan, financial journalist and wife of Ken Dolan

Ellen Dolan, American actress

Eamonn Dolan, football coach and former player

Ethan Dolan, YouTube creator who got famous through the app Vine.

Grayson Dolan, like his brother a YouTube creator who got famous through the app Vine. Their YouTube channel The Dolan Twins has over 4 million subscribers

Geoff Dolan, New Zealand entertainer

James L. Dolan, son of Charles Dolan, and president and chief executive officer of Cablevision

James Dolan (computer security expert), co-developer of SecureDrop

James Dolan (Irish politician), TD for Leitrim 1921–1932

James H. Dolan, second President of Fairfield University

Jamie Dolan (1969–2008), Scottish footballer

Jemma Dolan, member of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Joe Dolan, Irish singer

John Dolan (writer)

Jonathan Dolan, member of the Missouri State Senate

Ken Dolan, financial journalist and husband of Daria Dolan

Larry Dolan, owner of the Cleveland Indians and brother of Charles Dolan

Monica Dolan, English actress

Paul Dolan (baseball), chairman and CEO of the Cleveland Indians and son of Larry Dolan

Paul Dolan (soccer), Canadian soccer player

Peter R. Dolan, former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb

Richard M. Dolan, American ufologist

Robert E. Dolan, conductor, composer and arranger

Robert J. Dolan (educator), University of Michigan dean

Robert J. Dolan (politician), mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts

Satellite Sisters, five radio personalities, all surnamed Dolan

Terence Dolan, Irish lexicographer and radio personality

Terry Dolan (football manager), English football manager

Terry Dolan (US political figure), U.S. Republican political figure

Timothy Dolan, Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York

Tom Dolan, U. S. Olympic swimmer

Tom Dolan (baseball), American baseball catcher

Tom Dolan (engineer), of NASA's Apollo project

The Dolan Twins, former Viners, now YouTubers

Walter J. Dolan, American politician

Xavier Dolan, Canadian actor and film director

Forrest County Agricultural High School

Forrest County Agricultural High School (FCAHS) is a public, secondary school in Brooklyn, Mississippi (United States). The school provides education to grades 9–12.

Forrest County AHS is the only independently functioning agricultural high school in the state of Mississippi.An independent school board operates FCAHS, which has its own farm and ranch. Those affiliated with the school are known as "Aggies."

James L. Dolan

James Lawrence Dolan (born May 11, 1955) is an American businessman who serves as executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company and executive chairman of MSG Networks. As the companies' chairman, Dolan oversees all operations within the company and also supervises day-to-day operations of its professional sports teams, the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, and New York Liberty, as well as their regional sports networks, which include MSG Network and MSG Plus. Dolan previously served as CEO of Cablevision until its sale in June 2016.

List of people from Cleveland

The people listed below were all born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with the city of Cleveland, Ohio.

Luge at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Men's singles

The men's singles luge competition at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano was held on 8 and 9 February, at Spiral.

Notre Dame Law School

The Notre Dame Law School, or NDLS, is the professional graduate law program of its parent institution, the University of Notre Dame. Established in 1869, NDLS is ranked 21st among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools" by U.S. News & World Report and 18th by Above The Law in their annual Top 50 Law School Rankings It is ranked 8th in graduates attaining federal judicial clerkships and 17th in graduates attaining Supreme Court clerkships (tied with Cornell Law School).According to Notre Dame's 2018 ABA-required disclosures, 82% of the Class of 2018 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment ten months after graduation. 35.6% of the Class of 2018 accepted positions at Large Firms, while 7.8% accepted Federal Clerkships. 17.1% of Class of 2018 Graduates accepted public service positions. It offers the only American Bar Association–approved, year-long, study-abroad program, which is based in London.

Paul Dolan (baseball)

Paul Joseph Dolan (born July 7, 1958 in Chardon, Ohio), is an attorney and Major League Baseball (MLB) team executive who is currently part-owner, chairman, and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Cleveland Indians. Dolan is also the "control person" for the team.

SportsTime Ohio

SportsTime Ohio (STO) (also sometimes referred to on-air as Fox SportsTime Ohio) is an American regional sports network that is owned by The Walt Disney Company, and operates as an affiliate of Fox Sports Networks, with a sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending. The channel, which is a sister network to Fox Sports Ohio, broadcasts statewide coverage of professional, collegiate and high school sports events throughout northern Ohio, including the Cleveland area.

SportsTime Ohio is available from most cable providers in Northeast Ohio and select providers in other portions of Ohio (including Columbus), Northwest Pennsylvania, and extreme Western New York. It is also available nationwide on satellite via DirecTV, as well as outside Ohio on AT&T U-verse.

The Blind Owl Band

The Blind Owl Band is an American bluegrass-rock-country-folk band formed by four friends in Saranac Lake, New York in 2011. The members of the band are Arthur Buezo (guitar, vocals), Christian Cardiello (bass), James Ford (banjo, vocals), and Eric Munley, (mandolin, vocals). When the band formed, their ages ranged from 20 to 22. None of them were planning to have a music career until they met at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks. The band got its name from an incident that occurred at Paul Smith's College. They had just finished playing a song, when a saw-whet owl flew into a window. The owl got up and just stared at them for a minute, then flew away. A saw-whet is also called a "blind owl," and so the band was named.The band has been described as having an early 70's look (long hair, heavily bearded) and compared to New Grass Revival. Their music has been described as "bluegrass with teeth." The band prefers the term "original string music." According to Munley, the term "bluegrass" is associated with rules and techniques that Blind Owl's music doesn't follow. Their music combines many genres with a strong traditional string music and bluegrass base. The band's influences include the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Jaco Pastorius, The Whompers, classical and flamenco guitar. They play so furiously that they frequently snap strings.The band's first album was released in January 2012. It is titled "Rabble Rousing" (2012). The 13-track CD, was recorded by Larry Dolan at Granary Studio in Morrisonville, New York. According to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, "The young band had been together less than a year when it made its first album, "Rabble Rousing," which sounded as raucous as its title implied. It was recorded live, with everyone playing together, and it sounded like their shows: a throbbing mass, a huge "chunka-chunka-chunka" punctuated by Buezo's deep growl and Ford's high yowl. They trade leads to break it up a bit, but there's little emphasis on solos. They play as one but not bluegrass-tight - rather like a racing stagecoach with slack in the reins. They're all heart and gut and energy, playing the music of hobos, tramps, trail crews, river rafting guides and forestry students."According to Upstate Live, "The band's second album was released in July of 2013. It is titled "This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel." As original as the title, The Blind Owl Band presents their sophomore disc. A distinct set of vocal accompaniment would have one wondering if Tom Waits dropped in (he didn’t) for a batch of fiery bluegrass and dirty jams. Using traditional instrumentation, Arthur Buezo (guitar, vocals), Eric Munley (mandolin, vocals), James Ford (banjo, vocals) and Christian Cardiello (bass), all transplants to Saranac Lake, NY, draw upon their youthful influences mostly defined by their fathers’ flare for the good stuff. This Train We Ride is Made of Wood and Steel is a testament to their past whilst forging a path where their sound is becoming uniquely their own."According to Upstate Live, "“Sailor Song,” whether intentional or not, exemplifies the magical undercurrent of the past popping up in today’s music. The disc intro gives a nod to a “House of the Rising Sun” look alike, but only for a few seconds. From this point forward, the disc launches into a fun-filled, fast-paced, barnburner, ho-down of a good time. They give a breather by slowing it down in “Missing My Home,” where Eastbound Jesus’, “Holy Smokes!” is given accolades. A bass solo introduces “Jazzy McGee,” in a tune that sounds just like its title. A neat little contrast in The Blind Owl Band is the depth of the tenor and bass vocals and the high-pitched use of the mandolin, where a balance is met and the band is defined. Between their first album and their submission to Couch by Couchwest, the Blind Owl Band was beginning to make a name for themselves as a rowdy, footloose bunch. Imagine my surprise when their sophomore album opened with a somber tune called "Sailor's Song." It sets the tone for the rest of the album—hard-driving and determined. That's not to say that the Owls have lost their sense of fun. There are plenty of boot-stompers on here. To the contrary, the Blind Owl Band is showing off their newfound maturity. But unlike other bands who create morose second albums to show off their Depth, the Blind Owl Band is simply devoting their manic energy in another direction. They still pick like it's their job, and they still sound like they've just arrived from the depths of Appalachia."Since 2011 the band has played over 200 shows. They have played with Trampled By Turtles, Railroad Earth, Hot Day at The Zoo, Floodwood, Jatoba, Driftwood, Cabinet, Lucid, Big Leg Emma, The Bloodroots Barter, Gold Town, Eastbound Jesus, and The Mallett Brothers.

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