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

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 Andy MacPhail, who assumed the mantle in 2016. 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.

All-time team presidents and owners
Name Position Tenure Ref
Alfred J. Reach President and owner18831902[7]
John I. Rogers Owner18831902[7]
James Potter President and owner19031904[8]
William J. Shettsline President19051908[8]
Charles P. Taft Owner19051913[8]
Israel W. Durham President and owner1909[9]
Horace S. Fogel President19091912[10]
Albert D. Wiler Interim president19121913[10]
William H. Locke President and owner1913[11]
William F. Baker President and owner19131930[12]
Lewis C. Ruch President19311932[13]
Gerald P. Nugent President19321943[14]
William D. Cox President and owner1943[15]
Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr. President and owner19431972[16]
Robert R. M. Carpenter III President and owner19721981[17]
William Y. Giles President and owner19811997[18]
David P. Montgomery President and owner19972014[19]
L. Patrick D. Gillick President2015[20]
Andrew B. MacPhail President2016present[21]

General managers

Key to symbols in tables below
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]

All-time general managers
Name Tenure Ref
Herbert J. Pennock 19441948[24]
Robert R. M. Carpenter, Jr.[a] 19501953[3]
H. Roy Hamey 19541958[25]
John J. Quinn 19591972[26]
Paul F. Owens§ 19721983[27][28]
William Y. Giles[b] 19841987[3]
William F. Woodward 19871988[29]
J. Leroy Thomas 19881997[30]
Ed Wade 19982005[31]
L. Patrick D. Gillick 20062008[32]
Rubén Amaro, Jr. 2008–2015[33]
Matthew Klentak 2015–present[6]


  • 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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