Dodger ownership through the years: McCourt to Fox to O’Malley to O’Malley to Rickey to Mulvey to McKeever to Ebbets to Abell and Byrne

Source: Dodgers.com (linked here):

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== Jan. 29, 2004: Frank McCourt purchases a controlling interest of the Dodgers from Fox Entertainment Group and Robert Daly.

== March 19, 1998: Fox Entertainment Group, owned by News Corp., purchases the Dodgers from Peter O’Malley and Terry Seidler. Bob Graziano is named president of the ballclub. Robert Daly acquired a minority stake in the Dodgers from Fox Entertainment Group and is named managing partner, chairman and CEO, on Oct. 28, 1999.

== Aug. 9, 1979: Peter O’Malley and his sister, Terry Seidler, assume ownership of the team after Walter O’Malley dies, 28 days after the death of his wife, Kay.

== Oct. 26, 1950: Walter O’Malley purchases 25 percent of the Dodgers from Branch Rickey to have controlling interest in the team and becomes president. Eight years later, O’Malley buys the shares from Mrs. John Lawrence Smith and James and Dearie Mulvey to gain a 66 2/3 percent ownership. James and Dearie Mulvey increase their ownership to 33 1/3 percent, and the franchise moves from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. In 1970, O’Malley becomes the team’s chairman of the board and his son, Peter, succeeds him as president. In 1975, Walter O’Malley acquires the remaining 33 1/3 percent of the Dodgers and owns 100 percent of the franchise.

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== Nov. 1, 1944: Branch Rickey (left), Walter O’Malley (far left) and Andrew Schmitz, who was acting as a proxy for Pfizer Pharmaceutical president John Lawrence Smith, purchase 25 percent of the Dodgers from the Ebbets Estate. Mrs. Dearie Mulvey and her husband, James, retain their stake in the ballclub. A year later, after obtaining another 50 percent of the Dodgers, Rickey, O’Malley and Smith each control 25 percent of the Dodgers. Mulvey and her husband own the remaining 25 percent. In 1950, John Lawrence Smith dies, leaving his shares to his wife.

== March 7, 1938: Mrs. Dearie Mulvey and her husband, James, who was president of Sameul Goldwyn Productions, assume an ownership stake from Stephen McKeever, who is Mulvey’s father, after he dies.

== April 18, 1925: Stephen McKeever and the executors of the Ebbets Estate, which include the Brooklyn Trust Company, Joseph A. Gilleaudeau and Grace Slade Ebbets, take control of the team after Charles Ebbets’ death. Acting president Edward McKeever catches a cold at Ebbets’ funeral and dies 11 days after Ebbets.

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== 1912: The Brooklyn Baseball Club, Inc., is formed with ownership divided 50/50 between Charles Ebbets (right) and Stephen and Edward McKeever, the contractors who create Ebbets Field. Ebbets and the McKeevers buy out Henry Medicus, a Brooklyn furniture manufacturer. Ebbets Field is built in 1913.

== 1905: Medicus joins with Ebbets to buy Harry Von der Horst’s shares. Two years later, Ebbets and Medicus buy out Ferdinand Abell and Ned Hanlon.

== 1899: The Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles merge, with Baltimore owner Von der Horst and Hanlon taking a 49.6 percent stake in the team and many Orioles star players coming to Brooklyn.

== 1897: Ebbets buys 10 percent of the team and Charles Byrne, a real estate agent and former sports writer, joines Ferdinand Abell, a northeast businessman, buy out George Chauncey, a real estate mogel, and own the ballclub. Byrne dies soon after and a year later, Ebbets is elected president as he and Abell buy the stock formely owned by Byrne.

== 1890: The Dodgers are owned by Abell and Byrne and enter the National League. A year later, Chauncey joins as a part owner.

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