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Dark Days: When the Colts Left Baltimore
Dark Days: When the Colts Left Baltimore
Published: 2011/03/30
Channel: ABC 2 News - WMAR
March 12, 1984 - Colts Owner Bob Irsay Mulls Possible Move from Baltimore
March 12, 1984 - Colts Owner Bob Irsay Mulls Possible Move from Baltimore
Published: 2014/04/11
Channel: TheClassicSports
The Band That Wouldn
The Band That Wouldn't Die
Published: 2011/07/28
Channel: pistolent
Peyton Manning upset Robert Irsay
Peyton Manning upset Robert Irsay
Published: 2012/01/27
Channel: DailyWorldwideNews
The Unthinkable:  The Colts Move From Baltimore to Indianapolis
The Unthinkable: The Colts Move From Baltimore to Indianapolis
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: Maryland Memories
RARE: Colts leave Baltimore overnight. - Baltimore Colts   The Long Goodbye   VHSrip March 1984
RARE: Colts leave Baltimore overnight. - Baltimore Colts The Long Goodbye VHSrip March 1984
Published: 2016/11/15
Channel: belcherman
Some in Baltimore still bitter about Colts
Some in Baltimore still bitter about Colts' move
Published: 2013/01/05
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Frank Kush tells Nestor about Mayflowers, Irsay & Indianapolis
Frank Kush tells Nestor about Mayflowers, Irsay & Indianapolis
Published: 2010/03/06
Channel: WNST
Colts Fire Polians; Owner Irsay Says It Was Time
Colts Fire Polians; Owner Irsay Says It Was Time
Published: 2012/01/02
Channel: Associated Press
Jim Irsay: Pagano extension was about continuity, the right thing to do
Jim Irsay: Pagano extension was about continuity, the right thing to do
Published: 2016/01/05
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
How to pronounce Robert Irsay (American English/US)  - PronounceNames.com
How to pronounce Robert Irsay (American English/US) - PronounceNames.com
Published: 2015/02/06
Channel: Pronounce Names
Peyton Irks Irsay
Peyton Irks Irsay
Published: 2012/01/27
Channel: ESPN Player
NFL Jim Irsay Colts are a Racist Organization
NFL Jim Irsay Colts are a Racist Organization
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: BlackRealityTV
Nancy Irsay estate sale
Nancy Irsay estate sale
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: WTHR
The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
The Worst NFL Team Owners of All Time
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Ranked Videos
Jim Irsay on releasing Peyton Manning
Jim Irsay on releasing Peyton Manning
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: The News-Sentinel
Nestor and Indy Mayor discuss legend of Irsay family name
Nestor and Indy Mayor discuss legend of Irsay family name
Published: 2010/02/07
Channel: WNST
Nancy Irsay auction final day
Nancy Irsay auction final day
Published: 2016/03/06
Channel: WTHR
Nancy Irsay auction
Nancy Irsay auction
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: WTHR
Saturday marks 30 years since Baltimore Colts left town
Saturday marks 30 years since Baltimore Colts left town
Published: 2014/03/28
Channel: WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore
1987 - Running Back Eric Dickerson Leads the Indianapolis Colts to the Playoffs
1987 - Running Back Eric Dickerson Leads the Indianapolis Colts to the Playoffs
Published: 2016/08/06
Channel: TheClassicSports
Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks
Indianapolis Colts Quarterbacks
Published: 2010/02/09
Channel: AVSEAL2012
Tony Dungy on Jim Irsay
Tony Dungy on Jim Irsay
Published: 2014/03/20
Channel: All Pro Dad
The Nancy Irsay Estate - April 30/May 01, 2016
The Nancy Irsay Estate - April 30/May 01, 2016
Published: 2016/05/06
Channel: Earls Auction
[Wikipedia] Baltimore Colts relocation to Indianapolis
[Wikipedia] Baltimore Colts relocation to Indianapolis
Published: 2017/02/03
Channel: WikiTubia
Andy
Andy's NFL Bachelor Party - Parks and Recreation
Published: 2013/01/16
Channel: Parks and Recreation
JOHN DILLINGER Gravesite
JOHN DILLINGER Gravesite
Published: 2009/06/21
Channel: death2ur
Irsay Colts future
Irsay Colts future
Published: 2014/03/20
Channel: WTHR
A Baltimoreans finds Colts enlightenment in Indianapolis
A Baltimoreans finds Colts enlightenment in Indianapolis
Published: 2008/10/13
Channel: WNST
Jim Irsay relives last year
Jim Irsay relives last year's controversial quarterback decision
Published: 2013/03/01
Channel: indystarsports
Colts owner Jim Irsay
Colts owner Jim Irsay
Published: 2013/01/07
Channel: The News-Sentinel
Crown Hill Cemetery - drone footage
Crown Hill Cemetery - drone footage
Published: 2017/02/11
Channel: Skywalker91
Interview with Jim Irsay - On the Road Text Script - IMA
Interview with Jim Irsay - On the Road Text Script - IMA
Published: 2008/06/26
Channel: Newfields
Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay's Past Issues With Addiction
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: Mellisa Johnson
Schein: Irsay
Schein: Irsay's Twitter games growing tired
Published: 2012/04/04
Channel: FOX Sports
Reason No. 1 to forgive Irsay -- Don
Reason No. 1 to forgive Irsay -- Don't blame the kinfolk!
Published: 2010/03/28
Channel: WNST
Bob Kravitz on Jimmy Irsay
Bob Kravitz on Jimmy Irsay
Published: 2014/06/22
Channel: Kent Sterling
Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning
Jim Irsay on Peyton Manning
Published: 2012/01/26
Channel: The News-Sentinel
Kalen Irsay: Roots in family, faith, football
Kalen Irsay: Roots in family, faith, football
Published: 2014/09/15
Channel: RTV6 The Indy Channel
Profile of the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) Owner Jim Irsay (Wikipedia)
Profile of the Indianapolis Colts (NFL) Owner Jim Irsay (Wikipedia)
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Wiki Podcasting
Colts in London: Jim Irsay on Andrew Luck
Colts in London: Jim Irsay on Andrew Luck
Published: 2016/10/01
Channel: HeraldBulletin
Ravens-Colts Faceoff
Ravens-Colts Faceoff
Published: 2007/01/12
Channel: wcwrules123
Peyton Manning Broncos 2013 Criticism - Jim Irsay
Peyton Manning Broncos 2013 Criticism - Jim Irsay
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: TYT Sports
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Arrested -xFighters
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Arrested -xFighters
Published: 2014/05/30
Channel: xFighters
Jim Irsay On Colts Pats Rivalry, Robert Kraft, Deflate Gate
Jim Irsay On Colts Pats Rivalry, Robert Kraft, Deflate Gate
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: Zennie62 Daily Vlog
The Sports Fix on ESPN 980 discusses Jim Irsay comments about RG3 3-4-13
The Sports Fix on ESPN 980 discusses Jim Irsay comments about RG3 3-4-13
Published: 2013/03/06
Channel: TheLyon301
Center saves exotic felines
Center saves exotic felines
Published: 2008/01/17
Channel: noblesvilledailytime
Little bit of Andrew Luck goes a long way for Colts as Jets’ QB mess continues
Little bit of Andrew Luck goes a long way for Colts as Jets’ QB mess continues
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Education and Legal Profession
Jim Irsay: Colts
Jim Irsay: Colts' Game Vs. Patriots Will Be 'Huge, Huge, Huge'
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: NESN
Rob Lowe, Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay...
Rob Lowe, Peyton Manning and Jim Irsay...
Published: 2012/01/19
Channel: Jimmy Church
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Robert Irsay
Born (1923-03-05)March 5, 1923
Chicago
Died January 14, 1997(1997-01-14) (aged 73)
Indianapolis
Nationality United States
Known for owner of the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
Spouse(s) Harriet Pogorzelski (1946–1988; divorced)
Nancy Clifford (1989–1997; his death)
Children with Pogorzelski:
--Thomas Irsay (deceased)
--Roberta Irsay (deceased)
--Jim Irsay
Parent(s) Elaine Nyitrai
Carl Irsay

Robert Irsay (March 5, 1923 – January 14, 1997) was an American professional football team owner. He owned the National Football League's Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts franchise from 1972 until his death in 1997, and the Los Angeles Rams briefly in 1972.

Early life and education[edit]

Irsay was born on March 5, 1923 in Chicago, the son of Charles Irsay (born Charles Israel) and Elaine Nyitrai, Jewish immigrants from Hungary.[1] In 1942 he joined the United States Marine Corps. In 1946 he was hired by his father's heating and ventilation business. In 1951 Irsay founded his own business, the Robert Irsay Co., and sold the business to Zurn Industries about a year before purchasing the Colts in 1972.[1]

Career[edit]

Irsay assumed ownership of the Baltimore Colts on July 13, 1972 after acquiring the Los Angeles Rams from the estate of Dan Reeves and swapping franchises with Carroll Rosenbloom, all made official on the same day.[2] His last-minute US $19 million bid for the Rams was $2 million more than that of Hugh Culverhouse.[3] Irsay's majority share in the Colts was initially 51%, with Willard Keland of Racine, Wisconsin owning the rest. He additionally announced the appointment of Joe Thomas as Baltimore's new general manager, succeeding Don Klosterman who accompanied Rosenbloom to Los Angeles.[2]

In a controversial decision Irsay moved the Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis, in the early morning hours of March 28, 1984, to become the Indianapolis Colts. Many fans of the Baltimore Colts continue to harbor resentment at Irsay, for perceived theft of the Colts and associated memorabilia, despite Baltimore gaining a new franchise, the Baltimore Ravens, by way of Art Modell and the Cleveland Browns, many years later.

Move[edit]

In January 1984 Irsay appeared before the Baltimore media and exclaimed, "This is my team!" He reiterated that, despite problems, the rumors that he was moving the team were untrue.[4] With negotiations over improvements to Memorial Stadium at an impasse, one of the chambers of the Maryland state legislature passed a law on March 27, 1984, allowing the city of Baltimore to seize the Colts under eminent domain, which city and county officials had threatened to do. Irsay claimed the city promised him a new football stadium, something they later denied, citing the team's poor attendance. The next day, fearing a dawn raid on the team's Owings Mills headquarters, Irsay accepted a deal offered by the city of Indianapolis.

[The state legislature and the city of Baltimore] not only threw down the gauntlet, but they put a gun to his head and cocked it and asked, 'want to see if it's loaded?' They forced him to make a decision that day.

— Michael Chernoff, the team's general counsel, after the move.[1]

Indianapolis Mayor, William H. Hudnut III, contacted John Burnside Smith, then CEO of the Mayflower Transit Company, who arranged for fifteen trucks to pack the team's property hurriedly and transport it to Indianapolis in the early hours of the morning of March 29. An ecstatic crowd in Indianapolis greeted the arrival of its new NFL team, and the team received 143,000 season ticket requests in just two weeks.

Baltimore was without a National Football League team until another controversial move in 1996, when Art Modell brought the personnel of the Cleveland Browns there to become the Baltimore Ravens.

After Irsay's death in Indianapolis on January 14, 1997, the Colts were inherited by his son, Jim, who serves as CEO. Bill Polian handled the day-to-day operations of the team as vice-chairman until his dismissal after the 2011 season.

Personal life[edit]

In 1946, Irsay married Harriet Pogorzelski, the daughter of Polish Catholic immigrants. They raised their children Catholic.[5][6] They had three children – Thomas, Roberta and Jim. Roberta was killed in an automobile accident in 1971 on I-294 outside Chicago.[1] Thomas, who lived with a severe mental disability, lived in a Florida facility until his death in 1999 at the age of 45. Jim is now the CEO and principal owner of the Colts. Irsay, who had divorced from Harriet, married Nancy Clifford on June 17, 1989, at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis; Hudnut officiated the ceremony. Nancy Irsay died November 7, 2015 at the age of 65.[7]

Irsay is one of the members of the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor, being inducted on September 23, 1996.

Health decline[edit]

Irsay suffered a stroke in November 1995 and was in intensive care at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital for several months.[8] After his release he developed pneumonia, heart and kidney problems, for which he was transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He died in Indianapolis on January 14, 1997.[9] He is interred at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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