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August A. Busch Jr.

August A. Busch Jr.

August A. Busch, Jr., beer giant and baseball president, died last week at the age of 90 after a brief illness. According to a statement from his family, Busch died at his Grant's Farm home in suburban St. Louis.

At the time of his death, he was honorary chairman of the board at Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and president and chief executive officer of the St. Louis Cardinals. However, Busch was best known in the business as the man who took control of an ailing family-brewing business in 1946 and turned it into the largest brewery in the world by the time he retired in 1975.

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. grew under his direction, growing from three million barrels annually to a record 37 million barrels at the time of his retirement. Last year, Anheuser-Busch produced 78.5 million barrels.

Busch began his brewing career in 1922 when he went to work for his father, August Anheuser Busch Sr., cleaning out vats and sweeping floors in the St. Louis brewery. In 1924, Busch was promoted to general superintendent of brewing operations just before Prohibition began.

After the death of his father in 1934, Busch assumed control of the company along with his brother, Adolphus Busch III. Adolphus died of cancer in 1946, making Busch sole president of the company.

In 1957, Anheuser-Busch took over the top spot among America's breweries and has held the position ever since.

Busch, who was married four times, is survived by 10 children, including August Busch III, current Anheuser-Busch chairman; a sister; 27 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three nieces and two nephews.
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Publication:Modern Brewery Age
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Date:Oct 9, 1989
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