07/23/2012 3:17 PM EST
Reds Mourn Death of Owner Mrs. Louise Nippert
CINCINNATI (July 23, 2012) — The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Louise Nippert, an owner of the team since 1966 who died earlier today at age 100.
Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, "The Nippert family has been a proud steward of this great franchise for decades, and its influence is woven into the fabric of our long and storied history. No person loved the Cincinnati Reds more than Mrs. Nippert, and her players loved her for her devotion to the family atmosphere she fostered within the organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time."
In December 1966, Louis and Louise Nippert joined 12 other Cincinnati investors to purchase the Reds and began a 46-year ownership interest in the club that is the longest in franchise history. The Nipperts received the team's prestigious Crosley Award in 2010.
Assuming majority ownership in 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Nippert presided over the most glorious period in franchise history, during which the Big Red Machine won four division titles, two National League pennants and two World Championships over seven seasons.
The Nipperts sold their majority ownership interest in the club in 1981 but retained a minority interest that was held by Mrs. Nippert until her death.
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