It is widely known throughout the Gilmour community that the Varsity Baseball team will renew its rivalry with University School on May 2nd, 2009 at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. What may not be well-known is Gilmour’s deeper relationship with the Cleveland Indians. Jack Dolan (`11) knows just how deep this connection runs with the Cleveland Indians.
Jack’s Grandfather, Lawrence J. Dolan, was born on February 8, 1931 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He and his two brothers, Charles and David, were raised by their parents David and Corrine Dolan. As a child, Larry was considered the jock of the family. He played both baseball and football. When he was young, his parents instilled a strong sense of faith in him by providing him with a Catholic education throughout his life. He attended grade school at St. Ann School in Cleveland Heights and then later graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1950. Upon graduation, he went to the University of Notre Dame where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1955 and his Law Degree in 1956. While attending Notre Dame, he met his future wife Eva. After leaving Notre Dame, he joined the Marine Corps where he served for two years as a First Lieutenant. After going into private practice Dolan Family Supports Indians and Lancers by Vinny Trivisonno `09 and Edward Mac Converse `09 with Thrasher, Dinsmore and Dolan in Chardon, Ohio, he realized that the law profession had changed and he considered retirement. However, even though he and his brother Charles had two rather different personalities, they had one common ground: sports.
The two brothers decided to follow their passion for sports by combining their businesses and making an attempt to purchase the Cleveland Browns. The team was eventually sold to Al Lerner. The pair then attempted to purchase the Cincinnati Reds. Dolan came under fire from the Cincinnati press and was referred to as “The Person Up North” referring to the rivalry between Cleveland and Cincinnati. Red’s minority owners were under so much pressure from fans and the media that they were forced to match the Dolan’s offer. For ten days, Larry Dolan owned the Reds.
Back in Cleveland, Richard Jacobs was in the process of looking for a new owner of the Cleveland Indians. Larry Dolan was the man for the job. In 2000, Jacobs sold the team to Dolan. Upon the purchase, Dolan says that becoming the owner of the Indians was “a dream come true.” In 2004, Dolan hired his son Paul, Jack Dolan’s (`11) father, as the President of the team. To date, Larry Dolan is still serving as the team owner, while Paul Dolan serves as team President.
When asked to describe his grandfather, Dolan (`11) calls him “a great, family first guy. We are very close.” Dolan (`11) has grown up around the business side of baseball his entire life, but he still considers baseball simply a fun-loving game that he enjoys playing. “I don’t consider it (business) a part of me as an individual. Baseball as a game was an integral part of my life even before the purchase.”
Dolan (`11) was a freshman last year when the varsity baseball team made its first final four appearance in team history. He was used primarily in pinch running situations. As a sophomore he will be relied on a lot more to contribute in all phases of the game. “I think that baseball will always be an important part of my life. Right now I’m focused on preparing for my own baseball season for Gilmour. It’s all about getting a state championship. I don’t know whose season will be more exciting Gilmour’s or the Indians.”
Much like the Lancer baseball team and the Indians, Dolan (`11) knows that he has a great expectation to uphold his family name. “Regardless of my last name, it is my duty to be a successful person. My parents have given me a great opportunity to attend Gilmour and I owe it to them to be successful.”