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Warriors Legend: Franklin Mieuli

Former Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli, who ranks among the most recognizable and influential figures in the history of Bay Area professional sports, passed away on April 25, 2010. He was 89 years old.

Mieuli was the driving force behind purchasing the PhiladelphiaWarriors in 1962 and moving the team to San Francisco. He remained the principal owner of theWarriors for 24 years until selling the team in 1986.

Following the 1970-71 season, Mieuli moved the Warriors across the Bay to their current home in Oakland and renamed the team, the Golden State Warriors. The highlight of his ownership came during the 1974-75 season, when head coach Al Attles and forward Rick Barry led the team to an improbable four-game sweep of the Washington Bullets in the NBA Finals to capture the 1975 NBA Championship.

An admitted free-spirit, Mieuli’s beard, casual style and patented deerstalker cap made him one of the Bay Area’s and NBA’s most colorful figures. A long-time radio and TV producer, Mieuli was also a part-owner of the San Francisco 49ers. His production company - Franklin Mieuli & Associates - has been in operation in the Bay Area for over six decades.
    “Franklin was truly one of the innovators in our league, who was so proud of the Bay Area and his ability to maintain a team there. I have always fondly remembered his introducing a very young lawyer to so many wonderful sites in San Francisco, his warmth and his belief in the importance of sports to a community.” - NBA Commissioner David Stern

    “Franklin Mieuli was one of the most instrumental figures in my life, both from a basketball standpoint and simply life in general. He was one of the most unique and eccentric individuals that I have ever met and I'm not sure there will ever be anyone like him again. He truly was one of a kind.” - Warriors Legend Al Attles

    “Franklin was a great owner, but more importantly a great friend. Besides that, he was a unique individual with many eccentricities, including his trademark deerslayer hat. Without his perseverance, I would never have had the opportunity to return to the Warriors and experience an NBA championship. His passing is a great loss to his family, friends and the game of basketball.” - Former Warrior & Hall of Famer Rick Barry