Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reds Mourn Death of Former Owner Carl H. Lindner

The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of Carl H. Lindner, the former owner of the team who died yesterday.

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said,

“Carl was a great entrepreneur, family man and friend of the Greater Cincinnati region.  His humble beginnings gave him a great sense of how to create value and the importance of giving back to your community.  He is perhaps the greatest Horatio Alger, rags to riches, story in Cincinnati’s corporate history.  He understood the importance of a healthy and vibrant city core and for years helped to create such a city – quietly, constructively and often anonymously.  He made many great contributions to the city – not the least of which was being tied to the Reds ownership since 1981, including having purchased controlling ownership in 1999.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

Mr. Lindner became part of the Reds ownership group in 1981. In 1999 he purchased controlling interest of the team and ran the franchise until he sold that interest to the Castellini and Williams groups in January 2006.

As the Reds CEO from 1999-2006, Mr. Lindner oversaw the construction of Great American Ball Park and the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum.



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