Pat Gillick pitched for the University of Southern California baseball team that won the 1958 College World Series. However, his success in baseball would not come as a player.
In 1977 Gillick moved to the expansion Toronto Blue Jays as GM until 1994. He is considered by many to be the chief architect who transformed the club from an expansion franchise to a team that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. He was also successful in stints with the Baltimore Orioles (1996 to 1998) and Seattle Mariners (2000 to 2003). In 2006, Pat came out of his second retirement to become the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies. In his final season with the Phillies in 2008 Gillick won his third World Series title.
Pat Gillick was a leader both in baseball and in life. It is said he created healthy clubhouse chemistry in the dugout with his baseball team as well as with corporate leaders.
In 2011 Pat was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
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