C. Carlisle Tippit, part-owner of Cleveland
Indians '72 to '86
Hunting Valley- C. Carlisle Tippit, a
prominent Cleveland businessman, philanthropist and a former part-owner of
the Cleveland Indians, died Saturday while listening to the radio
play-by-play of his beloved team losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"The way I look at it, it was his ninth inning
and he died during the ninth inning," his son, Carl Tippit of Bay Village,
said. "He just loved baseball."
Tippit, 83, of Hunting Valley, was part-owner
of the Indians from 1972 to 1986 and served as board chairman for 18
Known to family and friends as "Tip," he
attended the first and last games played at the old Cleveland Municipal
Stadium. Tippit was a lifelong sports enthusiast, a hole-in-one golfer and
Friends and family describe his love for
donning tacky sports jackets and pants while others dressed in serious
He graduated from Shaker Heights High School
in 1938 and Williams College in 1942. He spent three semesters studying
weather forecasting at MIT. He opened the first Allied weather station on
the European Continent on D-Day plus 1.
He served in England, France and Belgium,
reaching the rank of captain.
After World War II, Tippit worked for a decade
in various departments at Reliance Electric & Engineering Co. In 1956,
he bought his own company, Mogul Corp., which sold wa ter treatment
chemicals. Over the years, Tippit's busi ness diversi fied into med ical
research with opera tions in several countries. His company merged with
Dexter Corp. in 1978.
Tippit served on boards of Midwest Bank, White
Motor Co., Midland-Ross Co., the Dexter Corp. and Ohio Sound & Music.
He also was a trustee for the Cleveland Clinic and University School.
Tippit and sports marketing pioneer Mark
McCormack were part-owners of Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge in
Tippit and his wife of 51 years, Margaret,
traveled to 190 countries pursuing golf and exploration.
But Tippit's favorite avocation remained
listening to or watching baseball. Even on the links, Tippit listened to
the ball game, making his golf buddies pause for the player at bat to
"Rain or shine, the Indians could lose 100
games a year and he would listen to them," his son said.
"He always said it was the little things in
baseball that could change the outcome of the game and he enjoyed looking
Tippit had the opportunity to invest in either
the Browns or the Indians, his wife recalled.
"The Browns, financially, would have been a
much better choice, but his heart was in baseball," she said.
"It was a very poor financial decision. But he
didn't really care."
Overall, Tippit's business acumen made him a
savvy investor who provided great insights for others in the Forest City
Investment Club, said friend and golf partner Lew McCreary of Cleveland.
Tippit shared his wealth with others, giving
to various local and national educational institutions.
In addition to his wife and son, he is
survived by daughters, Susan Rafter of Gilroy, Calif.; Christine of
Aurora; Nancy Navatsyk of Chardon; Virginia McCall of Moreland Hills; 18
grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday
at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Heights.
Memorial gifts may be given to: Fairmount Presbyterian Church. Planned Parenthood of Cleveland, 3500 Lorain Ave., No. 400,
Cleveland 44113 or to a charity of your