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Peter Victor Ueberroth

Ueberroth, Peter Victor, 1937–, American business and sports executive, b. Evanston, Ill. As president of the organizing committee for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Ueberroth created a financially successful competition that reversed a trend of heavy deficit spending by host cities and resulted in a surplus that financed youth sports in Los Angeles for many years. From 1984 to 1989 he served as commissioner of major-league baseball; in 1988 he took steps to increase the small number of African Americans holding administrative positions in baseball. From 1992 to 1993, Ueberroth headed municipal recovery efforts after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. He later joined the Contrarian Group, a business management company; made an abortive run (2003) for the California governorship; and served (2004–8) as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

See his Made in America (1985).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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