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Craig Cullinan Jr.
BornMay 17, 1925
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 2004(2004-03-17) (aged 78)
United States
Resting placeGlenwood Cemetery
Houston, Texas
EducationPhillips Exeter Academy
Alma materYale University
Known forHouston Astros, Texaco
Parent(s)Craig Francis Cullinan Sr. & Edith Phillips
RelativesJoseph S. Cullinan (grandfather)

Craig Francis Cullinan Jr. (May 17, 1925 – March 17, 2004) was an American oilman from Texas who was the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Houston Sports Association, the founding group of thirty members that acquired the Houston Astros Major League Baseball franchise rights.[1] Originally named the Houston Colt .45's, Cullinan Jr. served as the team's first president.[2]

Born to Craig F. Cullinan Sr. and Edith Cullinan (née Phillips) on May 17, 1925 in Houston, Texas, his grandfather, Joseph S. Cullinan, founded The Texas Fuel Company in 1902 which would eventually be known as Texaco.[3][2]

After completing high school at Phillips Exeter Academy in 1942, Craig Cullinan Jr. served as an ensign in the United States Navy Reserve during World War II. When the war ended, he entered Yale University, where he was a member of the Wolf's Head Society, graduating in the Class of 1949.[2]

Thoroughbred racing

Craig Cullinan Jr. owned and raced a number of Thoroughbred racehorses, the most successful of which was King's Bishop.


  1. ^ "United States, Congress, Senate Hearings, Volume 8, page 182 & 213". Library of Congress. 1959-07-28. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  2. ^ a b c "Craig Francis Cullinan Jr". Houston Chronicle ( 2004-03-19. Retrieved 2021-08-15.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2018-04-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)