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List of Philadelphia Phillies owners and executives


List of Philadelphia Phillies owners and executives

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. In the franchise's history, the owners and ownership syndicates of the team have employed 11 general managers (GMs) and appointed 15 team presidents. The GM controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts.[1] The team president is the representative for the owner or the ownership group within the front office and is responsible for overseeing the team's staff, minor league farm system, and scouting.[2]

The longest-tenured general manager is Paul Owens, with 11 years of service to the team in that role, from 1972 to 1983.[3] Owens also served as the team manager in 1972, and from 1983 to 1984.[4] After this time, he served as a team executive until 2003, and was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in recognition of his services.[5] The longest-tenured owner is Bob Carpenter, Jr., who was the team's primary shareholder from 1943 to 1972. He appointed the team's first general manager, Herb Pennock, during his tenure. In combination with his son, Ruly, the Carpenter family owned the Phillies for nearly 50 years (until 1981) until it was sold to Bill Giles, son of former league president Warren Giles. After Giles sold his part-ownership share, the Phillies are currently owned by John S. Middleton, Jim & Pete Buck, and former team President David Montgomery. The Phillies are currently overseen by team president Andy MacPhail and GM Matt Klentak.[6]


  • Presidents and owners 1
  • General managers 2
    • Footnotes 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Presidents and owners

The Phillies have employed 15 team presidents since their founding in 1883, beginning with sporting goods salesman Al Reach. The longest-tenured president is Bob Carpenter, Jr., who oversaw the club for 30 years. Currently, the office of team president is held by part-owner David Montgomery, who assumed the mantle in 1997. Ownership groups have often included the team president, but at other times, such as the tenure of Charles Phelps Taft, others were appointed to fill the president's role.

A black-and-white photo of a mustachioed man wearing a dark Victorian-style suit and tie and white shirt
Al Reach was the Phillies' first president.

List of team presidents and owners, showing position and tenure of service
Name Position Tenure Ref
Reach, Alfred J.Alfred J. Reach President and owner 1883–1902 [7]
Rogers, John I.John I. Rogers Owner 1883–1902 [7]
Potter, JamesJames Potter President and owner 1903–1904 [8]
Shettsline, William J.William J. Shettsline President 1905–1908 [8]
Taft, Charles P.Charles P. Taft Owner 1905–1913 [8]
Durham, Israel W.Israel W. Durham President and owner 1909 [9]
Fogel, Horace S.Horace S. Fogel President 1909–1912 [10]
Wiler, Albert D.Albert D. Wiler Interim president 1912–1913 [10]
Locke, William H.William H. Locke President and owner 1913 [11]
Baker, William F.William F. Baker President and owner 1913–1930 [12]
Ruch, Lewis C.Lewis C. Ruch President 1931–1932 [13]
Nugent, Gerald P.Gerald P. Nugent President 1932–1943 [14]
Cox, William D.William D. Cox President and owner 1943 [15]
Carpenter, Robert 2Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr. President and owner 1943–1972 [16]
Carpenter, Robert 3Robert R. M. Carpenter III President and owner 1972–1981 [17]
Giles, William Y.William Y. Giles President and owner 1981–1997 [18]
Montgomery, David P.David P. Montgomery President and owner 1997–2014 [19]
Gillick, L. Patrick D.L. Patrick D. Gillick President 2015 [20]
MacPhail, Andrew B.Andrew B. MacPhail President 2016–present [21]

General managers

Key to symbols in tables below
Hall of Fame
Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum[22]
Member of the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame

The Phillies' first GM was Herb Pennock, selected by owner Bob Carpenter, Jr. to oversee the team when he went into the army; before this time, GM duties were handled primarily by the team owner, and this would continue after Pennock's tenure when a GM was not present. On September 10, 2015, the Phillies announced they would not extend GM Rubén Amaro, Jr.'s contract. Amaro had led the team since 2008.[23]

A man with short gray hair and a striped polo shirt seen in profile
Ed Wade was the ninth GM in franchise history.

List of general managers, showing tenure
Name Tenure Ref
Pennock, Herbert J.Herbert J. PennockHall of Fame 1944–1948 [24]
Carpenter, RobertRobert R. M. Carpenter, Jr.[a] 1950–1953 [3]
Hamey, RoyH. Roy Hamey 1954–1958 [25]
Quinn, John J.John J. Quinn 1959–1972 [26]
Owens, Paul F.Paul F. Owens§ 1972–1983 [27][28]
Giles, William Y.William Y. Giles[b] 1984–1987 [3]
Woodward, William F.William F. Woodward 1987–1988 [29]
Thomas, LeroyJ. Leroy Thomas 1988–1997 [30]
Wade, EdEd Wade 1998–2005 [31]
Gillick, L. Patrick D.L. Patrick D. GillickHall of Fame 2006–2008 [32]
Amaro, RubenRubén Amaro, Jr. 2008–2015 [33]
Klentak, MatthewMatthew Klentak 2015–present [34]


  • a Carpenter, as the owner, assumed GM duties after Pennock's death in 1948.
  • b Giles, as team president, assumed GM duties after Owens' resignation in 1983.

See also

Other executives
Related lists


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  7. ^ a b Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 365–367.
  8. ^ a b c Westcott & Bilovsky, p. 367.
  9. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 367–368.
  10. ^ a b Westcott & Bilovsky, p. 368.
  11. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 368–369.
  12. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 369–370.
  13. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 370–371.
  14. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 371–373.
  15. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 373–374.
  16. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 374–377.
  17. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 377–379.
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  19. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 380–381.
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  24. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 381–382.
  25. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 382–383.
  26. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 383–384.
  27. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 384–386.
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  29. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 386–387.
  30. ^ Westcott & Bilovsky, pp. 387–388.
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External links

  • Baseball America: Executive Database
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