John Antonucci (2)

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Born (1954-02-04) February 4, 1954 (age 68)
Youngstown, Ohio
CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationBeverage distributor
Known for
  • Principal owner
  • Managing Partner
  • Jessica
  • Stacey
  • Lauren

John Antonucci (born February 4, 1954)[1] is a third-generation wholesale food and beverage distributor from Youngstown, Ohio. He is most known for his brief tenure as principal owner and managing partner of the Colorado Rockies, a Major League Baseball expansion team.[2][3][4][5]

Superior Beverage Group

In 1984, Antonucci became CEO of what is now Superior Beverage Group (formerly Superior Wholesale Grocery Company). He is currently chairman emeritus of the beer and wine distribution company. Superior Beverage was started by his grandfather (Marion) and father (Jack) and remains a private family-owned wholesale business.[5][6][7][8][9]

Professional Sports Ventures

Antonucci, his business partner and friend Mickey Monus founded the World Basketball League (WBL).[10][11] Antonucci and his father Jack, and Monus and his father Nathan, were original investors and inaugural majority owners of the Colorado Rockies MLB expansion team before scandal forced them to sell their stake in the franchise.[12][13][14][15][16] Denver Post sports writer Woody Paige referred to Monus and Antonucci as a "couple of drugstore cowboys" in regard to their prospective ownership of the Rockies.[17] Several years after relinquishing the team, Antonucci and Monus were featured in the PBS Frontline documentary "How to Steal 500 Million Dollars".[18]

Personal Life

John was born to Jack and Eleanor Antonucci. He and his wife Marsha live in Bentleyville, Ohio in a home formerly owned by Stouffer hotel group executive William Hulett.[19] John and Marsha have three daughters (Jessica, Stacey and Lauren).[7]


  1. "John M Antonucci, Age 66, Bentleyville, OH -". Ohio Residents Database. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  2. "Colorado Rockies Team Formation | Sports Team History". 2017-01-29. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  3. "Paige: Forbes, upset fans differ on value of Colorado Rockies". The Denver Post. 2013-03-30. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  4. "Rockies fire last two of their original owners group". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "History". Superior Beverage Group. Retrieved 2021-01-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Superior Beverage Group Ltd/The - Company Profile and News". Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "John R. "Jack" Antonucci Obituary". 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  8. "Refreshing Upgrade". Properties Magazine. Retrieved 2021-01-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Superior Beverage Group, Beer Wholesaler based in United States". Beverage Trade Network. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  10. "COMPANY NEWS; Baseball Team Is Not Affected (Published 1992)". The New York Times. 1992-08-05. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  11. Northrop, Milt. "IS SUCCESS IN ERIE'S WAVE OF THE FUTURE? WBL TEAM SLIPS ON COURT, AT GATE". The Buffalo News. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  12. Vela, Vic. "As the Rockies turn 25, a look at the twists and turns that brought the team to life". Durango Herald. Retrieved 2021-01-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  13. "Moss: John Antonucci an eyewitness to Colorado Rockies' formation". The Denver Post. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  15. "Their hopes are a mile high". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  16. Knapel, Robert. "Every MLB Team's Biggest Scandal Ever". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  17. "Colorado Rockies Baseball News: The Denver Post Online". Retrieved 2021-01-23.
  19. "John M. and Marsha L. Antonucci | 6115 Chagrin River, Bentleyville, OH 44022". Retrieved 2021-01-23.

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