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Battle of Bluejays: Cubs, Dodgers – Both Owned by Creighton Alumni – Face Off in NLCS

This year’s MLB National League Championship Series (NLCS) features Creighton blue on both sides of the ball. Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are owned by Creighton University alumni.

The Chicago Cubs secured their spot in the penultimate series in the MLB postseason with a historic comeback against the San Francisco Giants on Oct. 11, scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning. The Cubs are owned by the Ricketts family, whose patriarch – TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, BA’68 – is a Creighton graduate.

The head-to-head matchup of Creighton alumni owners materialized with the Dodgers’ 4-3 win against the Washington Nationals Oct. 13. Mark Walter, BSBA’82, heads Guggenheim Partners, a multi-billion-dollar financial services firm. He’s also chairman and controlling owner of the Dodgers.

The legacy of the alumni is still felt at Creighton today. A generous gift from Ricketts led to the establishment of the Ricketts Center in the Heider College of Business. The center promotes information technology education and builds bridges with the business community.

Walter has cited his Creighton education as a key contributor to his successful career. In a 2013 interview for Creighton Magazine, he said of his alma mater, “You really couldn’t find a better place, and I couldn’t have had a better experience.”

The series between the Cubs and Dodgers kicks off on Oct. 15; the Cubs will host the Dodgers at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Regardless of who wins the series, Creighton alumni watching the NLCS can certainly smile at the fact that one Creighton-owned Major League Baseball team will be headed to the World Series.

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