Jeffrey Loria is an art dealer and an owner of professional baseball teams.
A 1957 graduate of New York City’s Stuyvesant High School, and 1962 graduate of Yale University, Loria spent many years as an art dealer, first for Sears and then for his own firm. He also authored two books: 1965’s “Collecting Original Art” and 1969’s “What’s It All About, Charlie Brown?” (co-written with Pat K. Lynch).
His first baseball venture came in 1989, when he purchased the minor league Oklahoma City 89ers. During the 1990s he attempted to purchase several Major League teams, notably the Baltimore Orioles. He finally succeeded by purchasing 24% of the Montreal Expos in 1999 for 12 million dollars and became their Managing Partner. He purchased the Florida Marlins from John W. Henry for 158.5 million dollars.
The Expos were ultimately transferred to Washington and became the Washington Nationals. Marlins team president David Samson, Loria’s step son, mentioned during the 2005 offseason that the Marlins were exploring attempts to relocate.