Giants pay tribute to retiring Magowan
Team president lauded for saving club, building ballpark
SAN FRANCISCO -- The organization that Peter Magowan nurtured for 16 years reciprocated Sunday by expressing its gratitude as he prepared to bow out as the Giants' president and managing general partner.Magowan, who will be remembered for leading the group of investors that prevented the Giants from moving to Tampa-St. Petersburg after the 1992 season and engineering the construction of AT&T Park, was the subject of two video tributes at San Francisco's season finale. The Giants appropriately won, 3-1, over Los Angeles. The crowd stood and applauded -- along with the Giants in the dugout -- during the first video, which was shown before the bottom of the sixth inning. It concluded with the message, "Thank you Peter Magowan for 16 wonderful years of Memories, Moments and Magic." Another video tribute followed, featuring ex-Giants such as Gaylord Perry, Darryl Hamilton, Mike McCormick and broadcaster Lon Simmons, praising Magowan's stewardship and his success at making the Giants feel like a family. All of the current Giants gathered on the field to honor Magowan and present him with a signed, framed Giants jersey. First baseman Rich Aurilia also gave Magowan the ball he caught for the game's final out. Aurilia addressed the crowd -- "We'd like to thank him for 16 great years," he said -- but Magowan politely declined to speak. "He brought a lot of the history back," said pitching coach Dave Righetti, a former Giants player who grew up in San Jose rooting for the team. "I think it's important for the young guys to know that there are other guys who paved the way before them. It's a triad, I guess -- the team, the stadium and the way he's run the organization. Very classy." William H. Neukom, a general partner in the ownership group, will succeed Magowan as managing general partner, while executive vice president and chief operating officer Larry Baer will become president, effective Oct. 1.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.