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Jim Crane

James Robert "Jim" Crane is a businessman from Houston, Texas. Crane is chairman and chief executive of Crane Capital Group and he is also the owner ... More »James Robert "Jim" Crane is a businessman from Houston, Texas. Crane is chairman and chief executive of Crane Capital Group and he is also the owner and chairman of the MLB team Houston Astros Crane, who grew up in the north St. Louis suburb of Dellwood, Missouri, attended Lutheran High School North and graduated from there in 1972. He gave the school a donation of USD$1 million to improve their athletic facilities and enlarge the size of the campus from from 40 acres to 67 in 2004. The school named the James R. Crane Athletic Complex for his contribution. Crane earned a degree in industrial safety from Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) in 1976, where he became a member of the fraternity, Tau Kappa Epsilon. He pitched for the Central Missouri Mules baseball team. Crane's father died between his freshman and sophomore years and he seriously thought about dropping out of college, but his coach Robert N. Tompkins drove to his home in north St. Louis... [ Wikipedia ]

Owner: Roger Clemens could pitch for Astros this season

Well, Astros owner Jim Crane isn't ruling it out, at least. Crane said Monday there's a possibility the 50-year-old right-hander could pitch this season for the majors' worst team. "We haven't heard from Roger, so that's still up in the air," Crane said. The last-place ...

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Astros owner Jim Crane honored by University of Central Missouri

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane, who pitched for the University of Central Missouri in the 1970s wearing No. 24, was given a framed replica of a Mules jersey from the school on Saturday, and moments later Crane threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Saturday's ceremonies were ...

Could Nolan Ryan Move Quickly From Consultant To President/GM Of The Houston Astros?

To get out of the mess, the club was put up for auction sale where Ryan along with several others, beat out Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and Houston business magnate, Jim Crane. Right after the bankruptcy purchase, the Texas Rangers became competitive on the field, due in large ...

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Owner Jim Crane optimistic Astros will be better in 2014

HOUSTON -- It's been two years since Jim Crane's ownership group was approved by Major League Baseball to purchase the Astros, and it's certainly been a roller-coaster ride on and off the field. The Astros lost a club-record 111 games in their inaugural season in the American League in ...

Astros nearing Spring Training move from Kissimmee

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane said Monday the club's efforts to finalize a move of its Spring Training facility to Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., from its longtime home in Kissimmee are "95 percent" completed, and they simply need a final vote by the city to approve the money. The Astros ...

Astros have interest in buying Triple-A club

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com on Monday the team is looking at a number of opportunities to relocate a Triple-A franchise to the Houston area, including meeting with the New Orleans Zephyrs. Crane said the Astros would like to move their Triple-A team near the ...

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Crane speaks about Astros' spring future in Florida

ET JUPITER, Fla. -- Astros owner Jim Crane envisions a Spring Training home where his organization shares the facility with another team, limiting travel and building a fan base in a densely populated area. While he doesn't yet have a city in mind, Crane likes the Interstate 95 ...

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Astros seeking resolution for TV rights

LUCIE, Fla. -- With Opening Day four weeks away, Astros owner Jim Crane said Tuesday his goal was to still have a larger portion of the Houston television market to have access to watching the games this season. The Astros and Comcast have been battling in the court system for the last ...

Houston Astros expect progress in 2014 under rebuilding plan

Owner Jim Crane and Postolos read through his blueprint and were sold, hiring Luhnow in December 2011 to be the team's general manager. The rebuilding plan, which included a commitment to data analysis that's among the most ambitious in the game, started with improving the Minor League ...

Jim Crane hopeful Nolan Ryan accepts offer to join Houston Astros

HOUSTON -- Jim Crane said the ball is in Nolan Ryan's court, regarding whether the baseball icon decides to join his son Reid and become part of the Astros organization, of which Crane is majority owner. Ryan met with Crane and Reid Ryan, the team's president of business ...

Astros owner Jim Crane to be honored by alma mater Central Missouri

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane will be presented with a gift in a special pregame ceremony Saturday prior to a baseball game between his alma mater, the University of Central Missouri, and St. Mary's (Texas) at Minute Maid Park. The gift will be presented by Central Missouri athletics ...

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Astros owner Jim Crane has front-row seat to Jimmy Walker's Pro-Am win

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane nearly had a front-row seat to golf's biggest collapse of the year. Instead, he saw PGA pro Jimmy Walker sink a putt on the 18th hole to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California. Crane, an avid golfer and owner of the Floridian Golf ...

Astros determined to boost local TV coverage

"Eventually, it's going to get sorted out," owner Jim Crane said of the Astros' TV dispute. "Bottom line, this is a 20-year deal. " (AP) HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane said on Tuesday that the team will continue to fight to receive a fair-market television deal to help ensure a ...

Astros owner Jim Crane clarifies club's financial situation

CHICAGO -- Astros owner Jim Crane met with reporters Monday at U.S. Cellular Field to express inaccuracies with an article that appeared on Forbes.com earlier in the day that suggested the team was on pace to make $99 million in operating income this year. Crane, who was in the ...

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Astros owner Jim Crane honored to host President Barack Obama at golf course

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Less than two weeks after playing nine holes of golf with legends Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus at a charity event, Astros owner Jim Crane is going to take some swings with an even bigger name. Crane is hosting a vacationing President Barack Obama at his ...

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane thrilled to host alma mater as part of D-II tourney

HOUSTON -- Astros owner Jim Crane was munching on some popcorn he had just purchased from the concession stand along the first-base line Friday afternoon and couldn't help but marvel at the sight of a sun-splashed baseball field and his alma mater's logo on the scoreboard. "It's great to ...

Astros owner Jim Crane joining Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer in charity pro-am at Floridian Nation...

HOUSTON -- For Astros owner Jim Crane, the biggest sporting event taking place Sunday has nothing to do with pigskin, cheerleaders or clever commercials. Crane will skip Super Bowl pregame for a chance to play nine holes of golf with two of the game's biggest legends -- Arnold ...

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Houston Rockets Take Lead on Cable Deals

Bankruptcy Court in Houston, Astros owner Jim Crane released a statement stating both the Rockets and the Astros "want our fans to view our games. " A profitable network would also enrich the two teams and the Comcast affiliate that now runs the network...

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Nolan Ryan meets with Astros owner Jim Crane, son Reid Ryan

Djansezian/Getty Images) HOUSTON -- Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan met with Astros owner Jim Crane and president of business operations Reid Ryan on Tuesday morning at Minute Maid Park. Reid, son of the Texas legend, said last week Crane was scheduled to meet with his father ...

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