Born: July 3, 1951
Died: Nov. 21, 2009
Known for: Art Savage, majority owner of the Sacramento River Cats, brought minor-league baseball back to the area when he relocated the Vancouver Canadians to West Sacramento.
Background: A Texas native, Savage graduated from Texas Tech University. He started work as a tax manager for Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, handling finances for client George Gund, who owned the Minnesota North Stars hockey team. Savage guided Gund's purchase of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in 1983. When Gund became major owner of the San Jose Sharks, Savage served as chief executive officer from 1990 to 1996. Two years later, he bought the A's Triple-A team in Edmonton, moved it to Vancouver for one year, then to play in Raley Field in 2000.
A highlight: Savage was named The Sporting News Minor League Executive of the Year and Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's Sacramento Businessman of the Year in 2000, and Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 2001. The River Cats have won three PCL championships and a Triple-A title. For eight consecutive seasons, the River Cats have led all minor league teams in attendance.
-- Anthony Sorci