George Ross, Oakland Tribune Editor, Sports Booster, Dies at 98

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George Ross, an Oakland Tribune sports editor in the 1960s and 1970s who played a prominent role in transforming Oakland into a major league sports city, died peacefully Saturday night in a Portola care home in the Sierra foothills. He was 98.

 

His name may be unrecognizable to a current generation of Oakland sports fans, but Ross was instrumental in getting the Coliseum Complex built — he was invited to dig the first hole himself — and he either personally recruited or nurtured the Raiders, the A’s and the Warriors as Oakland tenants.

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