Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Sun Goes Down for Georgia Frontiere

Georgia Frontiere, the St. Louis native who became a hometown hero when she brought the NFL's Rams from Los Angeles in 1995, died Friday. She was 80. Frontiere had been hospitalized for breast cancer for several months, the Rams said in a statement posted on their Web site.

"Georgia Frontiere was the first lady of sports in her native St. Louis," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that also praised her philanthropy and concern for retired NFL players.

"Our mom was dedicated to being more than the owner of a football team," daughter Lucia Rodriguez and son Chip Rosenbloom said in the team's statement. "She loved the Rams' players, coaches, and staff. The warmth and generosity she exuded will never be forgotten."
As the first lady of sports in St. Louis, Frontiere was married to Rams football. She also married seven men during the course of her life. We wonder if Chicago saved the men of its city some heartache by naming a boat - rather than a woman - the city's first lady.


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