Patrick J. Gallagher

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Patrick Joseph Gallagher (born February 23, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American sports businessman. He is the Executive Vice President of Marketing, Partnerships and Communication for the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.[1][needs update]


Croix De Candlestick button: "I came, I saw, I survived"

Gallagher attended San Diego State University and Humboldt State University and began his career in marketing with SeaWorld amusement parks.[2] In 1976, while working at Marine World amusement park in Redwood City, California, Gallagher was hired by San Francisco Giants owner Bob Lurie as the team's marketing director.[3] While with the Giants, Gallagher created several notable marketing campaigns such as the Croix De Candlestick (a button given to any fan who braved the elements and remained for an extra inning night game), Crazy Crab, and the Ball Dudes.[1][3][4]

After leaving the Giants in 2009, Gallagher and partners founded the Alternative Golf Association (also known as "Flogton") with the goal of developing new approaches to the game of golf that are more fun and more accessible for recreational players but can be played on existing courses and within the existing framework of the industry.[5] Gallagher also served as the President of Giants Enterprises, concentrating on bringing non-baseball events to AT&T Park.[3] He is a founder of the Emerald Bowl now called the Kraft Bowl, a NCAA college bowl game played at AT&T Park annually.[4] He is also Chairman Emeritus of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau and Board member of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.[3]


  1. ^ a b Young, Eric (December 12, 2013). "Super Bowl committee hires sports biz veteran Pat Gallagher". San Francisco Business Times. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Executive Profile: Pat Gallagher". San Francisco Business Times. July 6, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Pat Gallagher to leave San Francisco Giants" (Press release). San Francisco Giants. May 26, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Schulman, Henry (July 14, 2009). "Crazy like a crab". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Glier, Ray (May 8, 2011). "Turning Golf Tradition on Its Head (blog post)". On Par. New York Times. Retrieved February 21, 2017.