Peter A. Magowan
Recognized as one of Major League Baseball's most progressive leaders, Peter Magowan retired in September of 2008 after serving 16 seasons as the Giants' president and managing general partner. A longtime resident of San Francisco and lifelong baseball enthusiast, Magowan is credited with playing a critical role in two major events that kept the Giants in Northern California.
In an 11th-hour effort, Magowan and a group of civic-minded San Franciscans saved the Giants from relocating to Tampa Bay in December 1992. The successful rescue had special meaning for Magowan, a New York native who moved to San Francisco with his family about the same time the Giants moved west in 1958.
Then in December 1995, Magowan unveiled a revolutionary plan to build a new, privatelyfunded 41,000-seat ballpark at China Basin which would further ensure successful Major League Baseball in San Francisco well into the 21st Century.
For his efforts in overseeing the building of the nationally acclaimed ballpark, Magowan was named the 2000 Sports Executive of the Year by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.
During his 15-year tenure, the Giants reached the post season four times, including the 2002 World Series. He also received numerous awards for the organization's innovative community work, including becoming the first professional sports team to host a benefit game for AIDS.
Prior to joining the Giants, Magowan spent 37 years with Safeway, Inc, before resigning his position on the board of directors on March 31, 2005. Originally named chairman and CEO in 1980, he relinquished the CEO title in 1993 when he joined the Giants. In May of 1998, he retired from his position as chairman, then stayed on the board of directors until 2005.
A 1964 Stanford graduate with a degree in American literature, Magowan received his masters degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University. He also completed two years of additional postgraduate work at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He and his wife, Debby, live in San Francisco.
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