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Allan Byer, an owner of the San Francisco Giants who was instrumental in keeping the team in the city in the early 1990s, has passed away, the team announced Thursday. He was 91.
Byer, who owned a successful clothing supplier business and commercial properties, was part of the ownership group that bought the Giants from Bob Lurie in 1992 and helped build their new ballpark at King and Third streets.
“He was a leader among our ownership group known for his wit, candor, generosity, and passion for the community,” said Giants acting CEO and Board Member Rob Dean in a press release.
In 2014, Byer created the Cooperstown SF exhibit in a building he owned at 128 King Street in San Francisco. The exhibit features many mementos of Giants greats, including Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, and Orlando Cepeda, on display in 40 memorabilia cases.
Byer founded Byer California, a clothing company, in 1964. He served on the board of the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living and was inducted in the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in his native Ohio.
“Beyond his love of baseball and the Giants, he dedicated his time and energy to the Giants Community Fund as a longtime board member and supporter,” added Dean. “He will be deeply missed by the entire Giants family and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Marian, his four children Amy, Jan, Phil, Alex and their families.”
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