Tony Morabito was an American businessman who founded the San Francisco 49ers professional football team. Born in 1910, Morabito was the son of Italian immigrants who founded a successful lumber transportation company in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 20th century. Morabito took over the family business and eventually also ventured into owning a hotel and restaurant.
As an NFL franchise owner, Morabito was instrumental in bringing professional football to the West Coast when he established the 49ers in 1946, one of only two teams to join the NFL during World War II. Along with his original co-owner Vic Morabito, his intention was to draw more national attention to the city of San Francisco. Morabito championed building the new Kezar Stadium to house the team.
Though the underfunded 49ers struggled badly on the field in the late 1940s and early 50s, Morabito established an extensive scouting and recruiting network to identify overlooked talent. Morabito’s efforts laid the foundation that would lead to dominating teams just a few years after his death in 1957.
What was Tony Morabito’s last words?
Tony Morabito’s last words on record was “Thank you father.”