Bill Giles (baseball)
William Yale Giles (born September 7, 1934 in Rochester, New York) is the honorary National League President, and chairman emeritus and former part-owner of Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies.
Early career as a baseball executive
Giles' 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. 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. Subsequently, he became promotions director, and focused on that role after the renamed team moved into the Astrodome in 1965.
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. He was succeeded as chairman by David Montgomery and became chairman emeritus in 2015.
Giles was also part of the ownership group that bought the Phillies from the Carpenter family in 1981. The group was composed of Giles, 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). Mahlon Buck died in 2011. Claire S. Betz died in 2014.. The group reportedly purchased the team for $30 million. In March 2015, the team was valued at over one billion dollars.
National League honorary president
Giles is also honorary president of the National League—the same job his father held on an official full-time basis. One of the honorary president's tasks is to present the Warren C. Giles Trophy, named after his father, to the National League Championship Series winner.
Honors and awards
In 2001, a new tournament for the Division II baseball teams in the Philadelphia area, the Bill Giles Invitational, was named in his honor.
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