Minnesota Twins’ owner Carl Pohlad died today at age 93. He is universally adored in the Twin Cities as the savior of Minnesota baseball, for his purchase of the Twins in 1984 and keeping them in Minnesota. Adoration and the glossing-over of some important facts are rempant in the Minnesota StarTribune article.
We try to keep politics in theHoundDawg Blog, and not in theHoundDawgSportsBlog, but sometimes there is spill over.
Minnesotans and the StarTribune gloss over Pohlad’s financial beginnings, but with today’s economic climate and the bare fact that millions of American’s have lost or are in the process of losing their homes and/or their livelihoods due to predatory and unsympathetic lending practices and Laissez-faire governmental ideology, it is more than fair to point out that Pohlad began on his road to accumulating one of the the hundred or so largest fortunes in the US by foreclosing family farms during the Great Depression.
Maybe he was a great influence on baseball, but in other more important areas, he came up very short in the grand scheme of things.