Pat Gillick, Hall of Famer

It was announced this morning that Pat Gillick has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Gillick, who built three World Series champions and has served baseball
for nearly 50 years, has been elected to the National Baseball Hall of
Fame by the Expansion Era Committee, it was announced today.

are thrilled to have Pat as the newest member of the Baseball Hall of
Fame, and we welcome him into the Hall of Fame family,” said Hall of
Fame Chairman of the Board Jane Forbes Clark. “Pat’s consistent
excellence as a talent evaluator and team builder has been evident at
every step throughout his brilliant career, constructing three World
Series champions with his teams making 11 postseason appearances.”

Gillick, who was inducted into the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame back in 2002, was a major league General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and Philadelphia Phillies.  The Blue Jays won a pair of World Series and the Phillies won the 2008 Fall Classic with Gillick as the GM.

In 1960, Gillick was a big-time ‘bonus baby’ for the Orioles out of USC.  He was in his second season as a professional when he came to Appleton to pitch for the Fox Cities Foxes.

How good was Gillick?

Here are some excerpts from The Post-Crescent in 1960 about Gillick:

John L. Paustian’s game story after a June 6, 1960 victory over Lincoln: Pat Gillick, an artistic southpaw, starred in a Goodland Field production as he logged the Foxes’ first shutout of the season with a crackling curve and a humming fastball.

Gillick pitched a complete game shutout, allowed seven hits, and struck out 13 in that game.

On August 2, 1960 Gillick was promoted out of the Three-I League.  Paustian’s story:

Fox Cities’ Pat Gillick, the leading southpaw pitcher in the Three-I League, has been assigned outright to Vancouver of the Pacific Coast League Foxes and Baltimore officials announced Tuesday.  Gillick was due to make his first appearance after his promotion against Salt Lake on Thursday night.

Gillick’s outstanding record here included an 11-2 won-loss record, a 1.91 earned run average, and 135 strikeouts in 132 innings.

Gillick would later be named a Three-I League post-season All-Star.

One final excerpt from the PC in 1960 that should tell you about the off-the-field Pat Gillick.  It is from the Time Out with Mike Drew column of September 9:

In a recent letter here from Vancouver (of the Pacific Coast League) former Fox pitcher Pat Gillick reported that “my control is just as good as it was with the Foxes but these triple-A batters won’t bite on my outside pitch as they did in the Three-I.” Pat sent greetings to his Fox Cities friends.

Writing letters to sportswriters.  Awesome.

Congratulations to Pat Gillick!

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