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Former Reds owner Lindner dies at 92

Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: October 18, 2011 12:18 pm
Carl LindnerBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Former Reds owner Carl Lindner passed away Monday night at the age of 92.

Lindner owned the Reds from 1999-2005, selling the team to current a group led by Bob Castellini. He had been  minority owner before and after his term as CEO in those six seasons. Lindner's biggest moment as owner was approving the trade to bring Ken Griffey Jr. from Seattle to his hometown of Cincinnati. He was also the owner when Great American Ball Park opened.

Lindner took over the Reds from Marge Schott. As owner of the Reds -- and perhaps as a reaction to the style of Schott -- Lindner shied away from the public and was seen as the scapegoat for the Reds' struggles. The new owner, Castellini, has been much more visible as the team's owner, in part learning from the reaction to Lindner's silence.

The high-school dropout started his fortune with a dairy and convenience store chain, before founding American Financial Corp., which later acquired Chiquita Brands International and Great American Insurance. That company's name is used on the Reds' stadium.

"Carl was a great entrepreneur, family man and friend of the Greater Cincinnati region," Castellini said in a statement released by the team. "His humble beginnings gave him a great sense of how to create value and the importance of giving back to your community. He is perhaps the greatest Horatio Alger, rags to riches, story in Cincinnati’s corporate history. He understood the importance of a healthy and vibrant city core and for years helped to create such a city – quietly, constructively and often anonymously. He made many great contributions to the city – not the least of which was being tied to the Reds ownership since 1981, including having purchased controlling ownership in 1999. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time." 

Here's his obituary from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 7:09 pm

Former Reds owner Lindner dies at 92

They need to Occupy a Real Job or a Jail Cell. 

Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:45 pm

Former Reds owner Lindner dies at 92

I'm sure the Occupy Wall Street fruitcakes will be happy. They need to learn about how this man made his fortune. He started with nothing, not a trust fund from Mommy and Daddy.... 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 2:00 pm

Former Reds owner Lindner dies at 92

Condolences to the Linder family. Carl was a huge benefactor to many worthy causes in the Cincinnati area, and employed a lot of people for a lot of years- still does. As far as fan dissapointment with his tenure as CEO of the Reds is concerned, I think it's safe to say that Carl Linder did the best he could do to insure the Reds stayed with ownership that had dedication to the city of Cincinnati. He held on long enough to find Bob Castellini, and served the very Reds well in that regard.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:11 am

Former Reds owner Lindner dies at 92

RIP Uncle Carl.  You may not have been the best owner but you certainly did more for Cincinnati than anyone. You helped make Cincy what it is today.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:38 am
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