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Bill "Hardrock" Lane

Inducted as an executive

Full Name: Harry William Lane
Position: Team Owner
Born: February 29, 1860
Died: October 9, 1938

Notes: Lane was a long-time owner of the Salt Lake cum Hollywood cum San Diego Padre franchise, and PCL Vice President and power broker.

Lane claimed to have been miner, explorer and Indian fighter before turning to baseball ownership, first as a partner with the Butte franchise. Lane picked up the nickname of "Hardrock" because of his early career as a miner, and because of his brusque personality and gravelly voice.

In 1915, when the first Missions franchise was sold to Salt Lake City interests, Lane took a small stake in the venture. After the league suspended operations in July, 1918, for the duration of World War One, Lane bought up controlling interest in the club for a song. From 1919 through 1925, he ran one of the most exciting franchises in Coast League history.

When interest in baseball waned in Salt Lake City, he moved his club to Los Angeles, where he founded the first Hollywood Stars ball club. After yearly disputes with Angel owner P. K. Wrigley over rental fees at Wrigley Field, he moved his club to San Diego, where the San Diego Padres flourished.

Under his guidance his clubs discovered and developed such players as Tony Lazzeri, Lefty O'Doul, Earl Sheely, Johnny Frederick, Bobby Doerr, Ted Williams, and many others.