Bill DeWitt III

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Bill DeWitt III
Bill DeWitt III 2013.jpg
DeWitt in 2013
Born 1968 or 1969
Education B.A. from Yale, MBA from Harvard Business School
Title President of the St. Louis Cardinals
Predecessor Mark Lamping
Successor Incumbent
Spouse(s) Ira
Children Natalie and Will
Parents William DeWitt, Jr.

William O. "Bill" DeWitt III is the current President of the St. Louis Cardinals. He has held his position since the 2008 season.[1] DeWitt is the third generation in a family with an extensive history with St. Louis baseball; he is the son of William DeWitt, Jr., currently owner, managing partner and chairman of the Cardinals, and the grandson of Bill DeWitt, a former St. Louis Browns and Cincinnati Reds owner and executive and a protégé of legendary Cardinals general manager Branch Rickey.[2]

Early life[edit]

DeWitt grew up in Cincinnati but moved to St. Louis when his father's ownership group purchased the Cardinals in 1996.[2] He graduated from the Taft School (1986), earned an undergraduate degree from Yale (1990) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (1995).[3][4] Between earning his undergraduate and master's degrees, DeWitt served as an assistant to William K. Reilly, a former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.[4]

St. Louis Cardinals (1996–present)[edit]

Before his appointment as Cardinals' president, DeWitt joined the Cardinals and became the head of merchandizing in 1996.[5] He also gained experience in marketing and operational tasks. He helped develop the Cardinals' spring training home in Jupiter, Florida, Roger Dean Stadium, which opened in 1998.[6][5] After becoming the team's senior vice president of business development, he led the design and construction of the Cardinals' ballpark, Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.[4]

DeWitt's predecessor, Mark Lamping, resigned in March 2008 when the NFL's New York Giants hired him to be president of New Meadowlands Stadium Company.[7] Since his appointment as team president, DeWitt has overseen the business operations of the Cardinals, including sales, marketing, finances, accounting, game-day productions and other miscellaneous ventures.[2] He also captains the development of Ballpark Village, a 100,000 retail development district adjacent to Busch Stadium.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Married to Ira DeWitt, the couple have a son, Will, and a daughter, Natalie. In his spare time, DeWitt plays golf and ice hockey.[4] Mrs. DeWitt is from Canada and is of Armenian descent. Also a businesswoman, she is the owner of St. Louis-based Notifi Records, an urban contemporary record label whose roster includes Ginuwine, Johnny Gill and Bos. She earned a Ph.D. in psychology and education from St. Louis University in 1998.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://videos.stltoday.com/p/video?id=1771341
  2. ^ a b c McDonald, Anna (May 30, 2011). "Bill DeWitt III sees the future from the past". ESPN. 
  3. ^ Brown, Paul (July 25, 2013). "It's all relative: Bill DeWitt Jr. and Bill DeWitt III". Ladue News. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "St. Louis Cardinals: Front office-William DeWitt III". www.mlb.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Big shoes to fill for new Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III". Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily. March 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ "About the stadium". rogerdeanstadium.com. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lamping quits as Cardinals president". KMWU. March 14, 2008. 
  8. ^ Walton, Brian (February 12, 2012). "Ira is not just Mrs. Bill DeWitt III". Cardinal Nation Blog. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mark Lamping
St. Louis Cardinals President
2008–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent