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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.

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Personal

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 who helped to found the Houston Astros when they debuted as the Colt .45s in 1962.

Philadelphia Phillies

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.[2]

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. Maholn Buck Jr. William C. Buck), & Double Play Inc. (John S. Middelton).[3] The group reportedly purchased the team for $30 million. As of April 2008, the Phillies were valued at over $481 million by Forbes magazine.[4]

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. The honorary president's only task for the season is to present the Warren C. Giles Trophy—which is named after Giles' father, Warren—to the NLCS winner.[5]

See also

Bibliography

  • Pouring Six Beers at a Time: And Other Stories from a Lifetime in Baseball ISBN 1572439319

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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
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