Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Updated: July 8, 10:37 AM ET
Scott helped form Flyers franchise
PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Scott, a businessman who helped found
the Philadelphia Flyers, has died. He was 93.
Scott, one of Flyers chairman Ed Snider's partners when the team
began in 1967, died June 23 of natural causes.
He built Scott & Grauer of Philadelphia into the world's largest
beer distributorship. At age 58, while in retirement in Florida,
Scott accepted an offer from Snider to help him launch the Flyers.
He assisted Snider in securing the $2 million franchise fee that
guaranteed Philadelphia an NHL team. He went to six banks before
one came through.
"He even put some of his own money into the club,'' Snider
Scott sold his share in the Flyers to Snider in the late 1980s
but continued to appear in the Flyers' team photos.
"He was a terrific guy and always 100 percent behind me, and
that is why I wanted him in every team picture,'' Snider said.
Scott was elected to the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in
1974. The NHL made him a lifetime member of its board of governors
in 1985, and the Flyers inducted him into their Hall of Fame in
He is survived by his wife, Pat, and sons Joe Jr., Gregg, Jeff
and Trent. His daughter, Linda, died this year of cancer.