Sports community mourns death of Wayne Huizenga - EntornoInteligente / MiamiHerald / The news Friday of H. Wayne Huizenga’s death sent a shockwave around the South Florida sports community that he had a heavy hand in molding.

In addition to being the only entrepreneur to ever launch three Fortune 500 companies, Huizenga was the original owner of both the Miami Marlins and Florida Panthers, giving Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League their South Florida presence in 1993. He was also owned the Miami Dolphins from 1993 to 2009.

“He brought all of us to South Florida with the birth of the Marlins,” said Dave Dombrowski, the Marlins’ first general manager who led the franchise to its first World Series in 1997. “I have great memories being with him. He treated all of us in a first-class fashion. I enjoyed working for him and have enjoyed staying in contact with him and his family throughout the years.”

Former Marlins president David Samson tweeted Friday: “Love him or not, two facts are undeniable: his charitable character and his role in bringing major sports to South Florida.”

Sports community mourns death of Wayne Huizenga

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