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purchased the San Diego Padres from founding owner C. Arnholt Smith for 12 million dollars and kept them in San Diego. In the first year that Kroc owned the Padres; they lost 102 games but yet drew over one million in attendance, which topped the attendance in the past year by over 400 thousand people which really shocked people because this was the standard of success in the major leagues during this era (Center). The reason this shocked people is because they only one 60 games of 162 games which is no mean success of a baseball team. But in 1979, Kroc’s public interest in future free agent players drew a one hundred thousand fine from the Commissioner. This really frustrated Kroc and he decided to hand over the operations of the Padres to…show more content…
Not only with his work with the Ronald McDonald house, Kroc also had a foundation called the Kroc Foundation that supported the research and treatment of alcoholism, diabetes, arthritis and multiple sclerosis (Cicarelli). Not only with this his foundation and Ronald McDonald house, he was a major donor to the Dartmouth Medical School. During his later years the Kroc family is also a major benefactor for many nonprofit organizations in the greater Chicago area which includes the Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Harvard Congregational Church in Oak Park (Cicarelli). In 1978, Kroc suffered a stroke and he had to be put on special medication, but since it could not be used with alcohol he had to enter rehab. On January 14, 1984, five years after his stroke, Kroc died of heart failure at a hospital in San Diego, California. At the time of his death, McDonald’s sales exceeded $8 billion. He was buried at the El Camino Memorial Park in Sorrento Valley, San Diego (Pace). Also at the time of his death, Kroc’s personal fortune was estimated at around $500…show more content…
Even so, Kroc was included in Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century. Kroc has changed the industry today all the way from getting your food a lot quicker to helping a ton of families and children who are ill and trying to make sure they are healthier. Out of all the of the things Ray Kroc has done in his life and has made an impact on all of our lives today with food and what he did in his life, there is no wonder why he would be considered one of the most influential people of all time and especially in our century
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