Blanche "Ann" McGrath

Not much is known of the reclusive owner of the Destroyers. McGrath’s whereabouts are unknown, and the last verified photo of her is seen here as she was leaving for her private plane, just days before authorities were expected to launch a probe into her finances.

What is known is that McGrath owned a string of bakeries, specializing in bagels, which were suspected to be a front for a money-laundering racket. As the government was taking more and more of an interest in the exact nature of her businesses, she secretly began to transfer all control and direct ownership of her entire empire. The profits of these sales are thought to have been wired into off-shore accounts, which allow her to live abroad in anonymity.

Her interest in baseball began shortly after she got married to S.L. McGrath, whose maternal grandfather was not only a wealthy cattleman, but also the owner of a minor league baseball team, the Dublin Destroyers. It was this adoptive grandfather, Roscoe Stevens, who is believed to have financed her first bakery and, more importantly, introduced her to Sam Clemens. The exact nature of the relationship between Clemens and Stevens remains a mystery, but it is assumed by many that it was Clemens’ money that McGrath was laundering through her legitimate businesses.

When Clemens was setting up the WWBL, he approached McGrath to inquire about any possible interest in becoming an investor/primary owner in the club he was trying to help set up for Rockwell Porter. McGrath was interested in being an owner in the league, but wanted to be her own GM, and have her baseball savvy husband be the field manager for the team (although it is rumoured that he is just a puppet, and she secretly manages the team from abroad).

She named her club the Destroyers to honor Stevens and his patronage, and located the team’s minor league affiliate in Dublin, now being known as the Miracles.

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