SBD/Issue 155/Sports Industrialists

Former Warriors Owner Franklin Mieuli Passes Away At Age 89

Former Warriors Owner FRANKLIN MIEULI died Sunday due to natural causes at the age of 89, according to Marcus Thompson II of the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Mieuli, who owned the NBA team for 24 years before selling it in '85, was the "only owner to bring a championship to the Warriors franchise" after it moved from Philadelphia in '62. He purchased a partial stake in the club when it moved to the Bay Area, and "became majority owner a short time later." He also owned a small stake in the 49ers. Mieuli was "known for his eccentric behavior and his willingness to do what it took to win." NBA Commissioner DAVID STERN in a statement yesterday said, "Franklin was truly one of the innovators in our league, who was so proud of the Bay Area and his ability to maintain a team there" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/26). In S.F., Dwight Chapin in a front-page piece notes Mieuli "refused to let the Warriors bolt from the area during trying financial times, and he was instrumental in making possible the DeBartolo Corp.'s purchase of the 49ers." Mieuli also owned a stake in the MLB Giants, "playing a role in their early San Francisco popularity through his broadcast production company" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/26).

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