Award for the league president

Midwest League President George Spelius has been awarded the Warren Giles, um, award.

The Giles Award annually honors outstanding service as a league president. Spelius, one of the original investors in the Beloit (Brewers) Snappers, has led the Midwest League for 24 of its 64 seasons.

“I felt very honored in 1997 when I received this award for the first time and I am humbled to receive it again,” Spelius said. “I accept the Giles Award on behalf of the many fine owners and general managers in my league, who have provided me with great support over my 24 years as president. This award is as much for them as it is for me.”

In 2010, Spelius welcomed two new teams to the league, the Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Lake County Captains. The Hot Rods and Captains transferred their membership from the South Atlantic League to address concerns over travel and to provide better geographical alignments for the two Class A leagues.

Spelius’ 16 teams attracted 4,184,483 fans this season in setting a regular season attendance record for the fourth consecutive year. The league would have eclipsed its 2009 figure, even without the additions of Bowling Green and Lake County.

The award will be presented at the Winter Meetings in Orlando this December.

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