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Ralph Lee Horton

publishing company owner

Ralph Lee Horton, American publishing company owner. Recipient Extra Mile award The Athletic Institute, 1986, Lifetime Career award The Sporting Goods Dealer, 1990, President's award Advertising Club Greater St. Louis, 1973.


Horton, Ralph Lee was born on October 16, 1921 in St. Louis. Son of William Henry and Anna Mae (Hatina) Horton.


Bachelor of Science, Southeast Missouri State University, 1941.


Teacher high school, Neelyville, Missouri, Potosi, Missouri, 1941-1942. Registration officer VA, St. Louis, 1946-1950. Advertising manager, vice president merchandising Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, 1952-1973.

Vice president marketing, president Ajay Enterprises, Delavan, Wisconsin, 1973-1979. Group vice president Medalist Industries, Mequon, 1979-1981. Public The Sporting Goods Dealer, St. Louis, 1981-1986.

Owner Horton Public Company, 1987-1998.


Board directors Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association, West Palm Beach, Florida, 1972-1973, 78-81, The Athletic Institute, Chicago, 1972-1973. Commander United States Navy, 1942-1946, 50-52. Member National Association Sports Officials (board directors 1986-1990), Society for American Baseball Research, Pro Football Research Association, College Football Research Association, The Buddy Fund (board directors 1966-1973), 1-2-3 Club (president 1991-1998), Triple A Club, Masons.


  • Other Interests

    Golf, baseball research, sports history.


Married Marian Lorraine Protte, October 16, 1948. Children: Jacqueline Lee, Jo Annual.