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Ted Lerner, Visionary Developer and Former Washington Nationals Owner, Passes Away at 97

Ted Lerner, the real estate developer who purchased the Washington Nationals and led the effort to build their stadium, has died at the age of 97. Lerner was widely regarded as a visionary developer who transformed the landscape of the Washington, D.C. area, and his legacy will be felt for years to come.

Lerner was born in 1925 in Washington, D.C., and spent much of his life building a real estate empire that included commercial and residential properties throughout the area. In 2006, he purchased the Washington Nationals for $450 million, marking a major milestone in the city’s sports history.

Under Lerner’s leadership, the Nationals enjoyed a great deal of success, including two National League East division titles and the team’s first-ever World Series championship in 2019. Lerner was also instrumental in the construction of Nationals Park, which opened in 2008 and has become a beloved landmark in the city.

Lerner’s contributions to Washington, D.C. extended far beyond sports and real estate development, however. He was also a philanthropist who supported a variety of causes, including education, healthcare, and the arts. His legacy will be felt for generations to come, and his passing marks the end of an era in the history of the city he loved.

Dan O'Brien
I am a journalist for The National Era with an emphasis in sports.
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