Bill Giles (baseball)

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William Yale Giles (born September 7, 1934 in Rochester, New York) is the chairman and part owner of Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.

Personal[edit]

He is the son of former National League president Warren Giles.[1] His baseball career began in his father's former organization, the Cincinnati Reds, during the 1950s and he was among a group of Reds executives (including former Cincinnati general manager Gabe Paul and MLB executive Tal Smith) who helped to found the Houston Astros when they debuted as the Colt .45s in 1962.[2] Sporting News' 1962 Official Baseball Guide and Record Book, published in the Colt .45s' maiden season, lists Giles as the club's traveling secretary and publicity director.[3] Subsequently, he became promotions director, and focused on that role after the renamed team moved into the Astrodome in 1965.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Giles started with the Phillies as the vice president of business operations in 1969. He worked his way up in the organization, with stops as executive vice president and president, before becoming the chairman in 1997.[4]

Giles was also part of the ownership group that bought the Phillies from the Carpenter family in 1981.[1] The group is composed of Giles, David Montgomery, Claire S. Betz, Tri-Play Associates (Alexander K. Buck, J. Mahlon Buck Jr. and William C. Buck), and Double Play Inc. (John S. Middelton).[5] Mahlon Buck died in 2011.[6] The group reportedly purchased the team for $30 million. As of April 2008, the Phillies were valued at over $481 million by Forbes magazine.[7]

National League honorary president[edit]

Giles is also honorary president of the National League—the same job his father held on an official full-time basis. The honorary president's only task is to present the Warren C. Giles Trophy—which is named after Giles' father, Warren—to the NLCS winner.[8]

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Pouring Six Beers at a Time: And Other Stories from a Lifetime in Baseball ISBN 1-57243-931-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Philadelphia Phillies". BaseballLibrary.com. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  2. ^ Reiss, Stephen A., The Encyclopedia of Major League Clubs, Vol. 1. Westport, CT: The Greenwood Press, 2006, page 165
  3. ^ Spink, J.G. Taylor, with Kachline, Clifford, and Rickert, Paul, The 1962 Official Baseball Guide and Record Book. St. Louis: Charles C. Spink & Son., 1962, page 6.
  4. ^ Mandel, Ken (2003-04-08). "Giles and the Vet go hand in hand". MLB.com. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  5. ^ "Front Office Directory". PhiladelphiaPhillies.com. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  6. ^ "J. Mahlon Buck, 85, co-owner of the Phillies". J. Mahlon Buck, 85, co-owner of the Phillies. Philly.com, March 18, 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Special Report: The Business of Baseball". Forbes.com. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  8. ^ Jensen, Mike (October 16, 2008). "'Fantastic feeling' for Bill Giles". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 

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Preceded by
Ruly Carpenter
Philadelphia Phillies President
1982–1997
Succeeded by
David Montgomery
Preceded by
Paul Owens
Philadelphia Phillies General Manager
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Woody Woodward