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Subject: middle name of former baseball owner
Category: Sports and Recreation
Asked by: bluestreak-ga
List Price: $4.00
Posted: 20 Nov 2002 19:04 PST
Expires: 20 Dec 2002 19:04 PST
Question ID: 111678
William K. Wrigley,Jr. owned the Chicago Cubs('21-32). He died
Jan.26,1932 in Phoenix,AZ. He had been born Sept.30,1862 in
Philadelphia,PA. Was his middle name Knight, the middle name he gave
his son, Philip Knight Wrigley?
Subject: Re: middle name of former baseball owner
Answered By: johnny_phoenix-ga on 21 Nov 2002 02:05 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Bluestreak, 

From my research, I don't believe that William Wrigley Jr did have a
middle name. I think that somehow the letter K was picked up in
confusion with his son who inherited his estate.

The main reason that I believe this so strongly is that you would
expect his full name to appear on their gravestone. I am sure that if
he had a middle name it would not have been omitted from the

William Wrigley's Grave

I have also searched extensively using a wildcard search of "William *
Wrigley" on various search engines without any hits. Searches for
"William K Wrigley" come up wth only 26 hits whereas "William Wrigley
comes up with 3790 hits.

Most of the hits on the "William K Wrigley" search are regarding his
death and his son's inheritence, which to me would suggest that each
of the hits have got their information from the same source.

Additional Links

The organisers of the Wrigley Memorial Gardens, would not have omitted
any middle name.

The Wrigley Memorial

He also founded Wrigley's Gum, so their account of his life on their
web site would definitely have included any middle name.

Therefore, with all of the abovem I conclude that the "K" that is
rarely included in his name is included in error because he did not
have a middle name.

Search Keys

"William * Wrigley" "William Wrigley grave" "Middle Name" "Knight"
"Full Name"

I hope this helps. 

Johnny Phoenix

Request for Answer Clarification by bluestreak-ga on 17 Dec 2002 06:08 PST
Hi johnny_phoenix,                                                    
         I've posted a question for you. I guess it's easy to miss.
Could you contact me?  bluestreak

Request for Answer Clarification by bluestreak-ga on 17 Dec 2002 14:31 PST
Hi johnny_phoenix,                                                    
         I've been trying to reach you recently. I'm coming up to
where many of my questions are going to expire. Before they do, I'd
like to give some one last shot. Thanks to you, I've set aside
Ruppert,Wrigley,Crosley and Payson as not having a middle name. I'm
still left with Joseph J. Lannin, Charles W. Somers, Donald L. Barnes,
John W. Allyn, Jr. and James E. Gaffney.  Would it be improper of me
to impose on you to take a second look after you looked them over the
1st time around?  If you feel you exhausted your sources the 1st time,
I understand. I have others due to expire that I need help on!  Let me
know if you could fit me into the schedule?  bluestreak

Request for Answer Clarification by bluestreak-ga on 17 Dec 2002 14:46 PST
Hi sparky4ca,                                                         
         Would it be possible to impose on you for your help?  Some of
my questions are due to expire soon, and I'd hope to give a few one
last shot. Would you have any time to give a few of my questions a
second look?  Four of my former baseball owners still need dates of
birth. William Yawkey, Charles Murphy, Robert Hedges and William Baker
are out there somewhere!  I least I believe so. Would that be
possible?  If you feel that you gave them what you had the first time
around, I understand. I do have others due to expire soon, who also
never got a comment.  bluestreak

Clarification of Answer by johnny_phoenix-ga on 19 Dec 2002 11:20 PST
Ok I'll go and look for the question now. Sorry I have been on holiday - back now.
bluestreak-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Hi johnny_phoenix,                                                    
         You're pretty good. Nice & thorough, like I like. I'm making
sure I haven't missed something. I've seen the deadball era stuff,etc.
You guy are impressive. I accept your findings, since they concur with
my own. I've searched for years.

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