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Dewey Soriano (born February 8, 1920 - died April 6, 1998 in Seattle, Washingtonmarker) was the part-owner of the Seattle Pilots baseball team of the American League in , the franchise's only year in Seattle.

Prior to owning the Pilots, Soriano served as president of both the Pacific Coast League and the Western International League. Soriano also pitched in the minor leagues for several years before becoming the owner and player-manager of the Yakima Bears.

When Soriano won the Pilots expansion franchise, he didn't have enough money to pay the franchise fee. He had to ask for help from former Cleveland Indians owner William R. Daley--who, ironically, had nearly moved the Indians to Seattle earlier in the 1960s. In return, Soriano sold Daley a 47 percent stake in the team. It proved to be a harbinger of things to come. Largely due to being badly undercapitalized, Soriano was nearly out of money by the end of the 1969 season.

When it became apparent that he wouldn't be able to hold out before moving to a new stadium, Soriano put the Pilots on the market. After no credible offers surfaced from Seattle interests, Soriano cut a deal to sell the franchise to a Milwaukeemarker-based group led by Bud Selig. However, legal action dragged out throughout the 1969-1970 offseason. Ultimately, Soriano took the team into bankruptcy, clearing the way for Selig to take control and move the Pilots to Milwaukee as the Milwaukee Brewers.


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