Calvin Griffith, Abe Pollin (’45) and Jerry Reinsdorf (’57)
Although Calvin Griffith may or not have actually graduated from GW in 1935, his is a name that will always live in infamy in D.C. Griffith played basketball and baseball at GW and was a member of the 1959 inaugural class of the GW Athletic Hall of Fame. He inherited the Washington Senators from his adopted parents in 1955. In 1960, he moved the team to Minnesota. He died in October of 1999.
Abe Pollin has been a leading citizen of Washington through many charitable endeavors. He owns the Washington Wizards and the MCI Center. He brought professional basketball and hockey to Washington. He sits on GW’s Board of Trustees.
Jerry Reinsdorf once managed the Tin Tabernacle and Lisner Auditorium. Now he owns the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox.
Also worth noting: Bill Collins (’72) -Collins played baseball at GW and is in the GW Athletic Hall of Fame for it. For years now, he has been trying to bring major league baseball to Northern Virginia. (GW alumni continue to be the enemy of baseball in D.C.)