From Jeff Suess at the Cincinnati Enquirer on October 28, 2016:
The last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, 108 years ago, the ownership was out of Cincinnati.
Former Enquirer sportswriter Charles Webb Murphy bought the Cubs in 1905 financed by a loan from a rather big name around here: Charles Phelps Taft.
Taft was a successful investor and philanthropist, and also owned the Cincinnati Times-Star newspaper and was the half-brother of future president William Howard Taft.
“Murphy ran the team but Charles Phelps Taft was the money behind it,” said Dudley Taft, the great grand nephew of Taft and one of the current owners of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Many bigwigs from the early days of modern baseball had Queen City roots.
Read the full article here: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/2016/10/28/last-cubs-champs-owned-cincinnatians/92878752/
Originally published: October 31, 2016. Last Updated: October 31, 2016.