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Emil Edwin Fuchs (17 April 1878 in Hamburg, Germany - 5 December 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts was a German-born American baseball owner and executive.
Fuchs was the attorney for John McGraw's New York Giants when he bought the Boston Braves with Christy Mathewson and James McDonough; the team struggled with financial problems throughout their ownership. After Jack Slattery quit as manager, Fuchs hired Rogers Hornsby to manage the rest of the 1928 season. He then sold Hornsby to the Chicago Cubs and managed the team himself, finishing in last place. The Philadelphia Phillies loaned Fuchs $35,000 to keep the Braves solvent.
By 1935, he was in such dire straits, he could not afford the rent on Braves Field. When he learned that Babe Ruth's days as a New York Yankee were numbered, Fuchs bought the slugger from Jacob Ruppert. Ruth was named vice-president and assistant manager of the Braves, and promised a share of the profits and a possible part-ownership. When he realized that Fuchs was broke and was using him as a last-ditch effort to revive his fortunes, Ruth announced his retirement on May 27. Soon afterward, Fuchs sold the team.
Emil Fuchs graduated from New York University Law School, and became a magistrate for New York City from 1915 to 1918. He was an attorney for the New York Giants for a time, and became friends with John McGraw. He was owner of the Boston Braves from 1923 to 1935, paying $550,000 for the team, while being $300,000 in debt when he sold. He managed the club in 1929 as well. Fuchs brought Babe Ruth back to Boston in 1935, the last season for both of them.
After selling the team, Fuchs resumed his law practice in Brookline, MA and paid off all his debts.