PORTLAND, Maine — Dan Burke, owner of the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, has died.
Burke, who owned the franchise since its inception in 1994, succumbed to Type 1 diabetes at the age of 82, Sea Dogs president Charlie Esbach announced Wednesday.
A resident of Rye, N.Y., Burke had spent summers in Kennebunk Beach for more than 50 years and worked with Capital Cities Broadcasting for 42 years.
In 1992, Burke was awarded one of two new franchises in the Eastern League, and the Sea Dogs began play in 1994.
He served as team chairman until last year until his son, Bill, took over those duties. His daughter, Sally McNamara, is team treasurer.