Charles Somers aka Charles W. Somers, (born October 13, 1868 in Newark, OH - June 29, 1934 Put-in-bay, OH) was an American executive in Cleveland, Ohio's coal industry who also achieved prominence in Major League Baseball. Events 54 - Nero ascends to the Roman throne 409 - Vandals and Alans crossed the Pyrenees Year 1868 ( MDCCCLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap Events 512 - A Solar eclipse is recorded by a monastic chronicler in Ireland. Year 1934 ( MCMXXXIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display full 1934 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Cleveland is a City in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state The financial resources from his business interests allowed Somers to become one of the principal founders of baseball's American League in 1901. The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League ( AL) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in Baseball The "American League War" The AL leaves the National Agreement and competes with the National League
At the insistence of league president Ban Johnson, Somers and Jack Kilfoyl, who owned a popular Cleveland men's furnishings store, became the first owners of the Cleveland franchise. Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson ( January 5, 1864 &ndash March 28, 1931) was an American executive in Professional baseball The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. 
Kilfoyl was Cleveland's first team president and treasurer, while Somers was its vice president and main financier.
Somers was also the principal owner of the Boston Red Sox, a team which had no official nickname until 1908, but was initially sometimes called the "Somersets" in his honor. The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. Residing in Cleveland and traveling to Boston, Somers was also the American League's vice-president during the trade war for independence of and equality with the National League which was won in 1903 with the playing of the first World Series. The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League ( NL) is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball
Somers' money helped keep some American League teams afloat in their first years, including the St. Louis Browns, Charles Comiskey's Chicago White Sox and Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Charles Albert "The Old Roman" Comiskey ( August 15, 1859 &ndash October 26, 1931) was a Major League Baseball player The Chicago White Sox are a professional Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. Cornelius Alexander Mack ( December 22, 1862  – February 8, 1956) born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy, was an American The Oakland Athletics are a professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. 
Somers sold his interest in the Boston club in 1903 to Henry Killilea. Henry Killilea was the owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1903 until 1904 In 1910 Kilfoyl took ill and sold his interest in Cleveland to Somers. 
Somers invested in one of the first baseball minor league farm systems, ultimately controlling teams in Toledo, Ohio; Ironton, Ohio; Waterbury, Connecticut; Portland Oregon; and the New Orleans Pelicans. This article is about the city in Ohio, USA. For Toledo Spain, see that article Ironton is a city in the US state of Ohio and the County seat of Lawrence County. The New Orleans Pelicans were a Minor league professional Baseball team based in New Orleans Louisiana.
Facing pressure from the newly-formed Federal League, in 1914 Somers transferred his Toledo Mud Hens to Cleveland to share League Park. The Federal League was the last major attempt to establish an independent major Professional baseball league in the United States The Toledo Mud Hens are a Minor league baseball team located in Toledo Ohio. League Park was a Baseball stadium located in Cleveland Ohio. This was done to keep the Federals out of Cleveland by ensuring there was already a ball game in Cleveland virtually every day of the season.
In 1915 the American League team, previously called the Cleveland Naps in reference to player/manager Nap Lajoie, was renamed the Cleveland Indians. Napoléon "Nap" Lajoie or often la-ZHWAY per the Canadian French pronunciation or as he himself usually pronounced it LAJ-a-wayLee Allen in ''The American League The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Although Somers had kept the Fed at bay, the new league still had its influence, forcing salaries higher. This, combined with poor attendance at League Park, along with other investments that did not work out, put Somers in a precarious financial position.
In 1916, although the Fed had disbanded, it was too late to save Somers financially. He went broke with debts of $1. 75 million, and at the insistence of his bank creditors sold the Indians for $500,000 to a syndicate headed by Jim Dunn. Jim Dunn (born 1865 died June 1922 aka James Christopher Dunn aka "Sunny Jim" Dunn was a businessman and Baseball team owner  The creditors did allow him to retain ownership of the Pelicans for sentimental reasons. The Mud Hens returned to Toledo in 1916.
After selling the Indians he successfully rebuilt his business investments. At his death in 1934 (at the height of the Great Depression) his estate was worth approximately $3 million. 
Somers was married twice. He had a daughter, Dorothy (Mrs. W. W. Clark) from his first marriage. His second wife, Mary Alice Gilbert, survived him. Somers died at Put-in-Bay, OH. Put-in-Bay is an incorporated village located on South Bass Island, Ottawa County, Ohio, United States.
|Owner of the Boston Red Sox|
1901 — 1903
|Owner of the Cleveland Indians|
1901 — 1916
The Boston Red Sox are a Professional baseball team based in Boston Massachusetts, and are the reigning (2007 World Series Champions. Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Year 1903 ( MCMIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar or a Common year starting Henry Killilea was the owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1903 until 1904 The Cleveland Indians are a professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Year 1916 ( MCMXVI) was a Leap year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year Jim Dunn (born 1865 died June 1922 aka James Christopher Dunn aka "Sunny Jim" Dunn was a businessman and Baseball team owner