- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 17, 2005

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (AP) — John J. McMullen, former owner of the New Jersey Devils and the Houston Astros, died Sept. 16. He was 87.

The cause of death has not been released.

Mr. McMullen was credited with bringing NHL hockey to New Jersey, acquiring the Colorado franchise in 1982 and moving it to the Meadowlands Sports Complex. Under his ownership, the Devils won two Stanley Cups. He sold the franchise in 2000 to an affiliate of the YankeeNets sports holding company for $175 million.

Mr. McMullen owned the Astros from 1979 to 1992. He sold the team to Drayton McLane Jr. for $115 million.

Mr. McMullen purchased a share of the Yankees in 1974.

“There is nothing quite so limited as being a limited partner of George Steinbrenner’s,” he said of the deal.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., Mr. McMullen graduated from the Naval Academy in 1940 and rose to the rank of commander during a 15-year naval career. He earned a master’s degree in naval architecture and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jacqueline Everhart McMullen, two sons and a daughter.

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