Left to right: Charles Ebbetts, Mrs McKeever, Ed McKeever
Left to right: Charles Ebbetts, Mrs McKeever, Ed McKeever

Edward J. McKeever (March 19, 1859 in Brooklyn, New York – April 29, 1925 in New York, New York)[1] was a construction contractor in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Ed and his brother Stephen bought half of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team from Henry Medicus on January 2, 1912. Together with co-owner Charles Ebbets, they built what became Ebbets Field. McKeever served as Vice-President of the Dodgers until Charles Ebbets died of a heart attack on April 18, 1925. McKeever became team president,[2] but despite previously being in good health, he caught a cold at Ebbets' funeral and died of influenza a little more than a week later. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Death Takes Second Owner of Robins - E.J. McKeever Dies Following Charles H. Ebbets, Whom He Succeeded on April 18 - Caught Cold at Funeral - Stephen McKeever, 71, Is Only Surviving Partner of the Brooklyn Baseball Club". New York Times. April 30, 1925. p. 1. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  2. ^ "E.J. McKeever Became Head Of Robins Upon Ebbets's Death". New York Times. April 20, 1925. p. 15. Retrieved 4 September 2016.