When Joseph Lannin fatally fell to his death from a New York City hotel room in 1928, Joseph Lannin left behind more than a millionaire's mystery.
He left behind one of the great rags-to-riches tales in Canadian history, having gone from teenage Quebec orphan to self-made success to Boston Red Sox owner, securing in the process a timeless link to baseball's biggest-ever star.
Or so the obit writers must have thought, as they penned Lannin's epitaph.
But somehow — almost unbelievably — the owner who discovered Babe Ruth, steered the Bosox to two championships and likely sparked the Curse of the Bambino is forgotten in Boston and beyond.
There's a spot for him in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 2004, but little else.
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