William O. DeWitt, Jr.
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
St. Louis Cardinals
As the principal owner of the Cardinals, Bill DeWitt Jr. has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1996.
DeWitt oversees all baseball, operational, financial and league matters for the team and is a member of the Major League Baseball Executive Council, the Board of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the Ownership Committee, the Diversity Committee, and the Commissioner's Special Committee for On-Field Matters. He also serves on the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
DeWitt, a native St. Louisan, graduated from St. Louis Country Day School and received his B.A. Degree in economics from Yale University in 1963, and M.B.A. Degree from Harvard Business School in 1965.
As the son of former baseball executive and team owner William O. DeWitt and Margaret H. DeWitt, he has deep roots in baseball dating back to his childhood. Mr. DeWitt's father began his career with the Cardinals in 1916 and worked in a variety of executive positions under Branch Rickey until the early 1940s when he joined the St. Louis Browns as General Manager.
He was twice named Executive of the Year, was sole owner of the Cincinnati Reds from 1961-67 and majority owner of the Browns from 1949-51 when Bill, Jr. served as the team's bat boy. His uniform (number 1/8) was worn by Eddie Gaedel during his famous pinch hitting appearance on August 19, 1951.
DeWitt, Jr. has been a prior owner of the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers. He was also a shareholder of the Cincinnati Bengals Football Team and the Cincinnati Stingers Hockey Team, and has had a long career in private equity with Reynolds DeWitt & Co. and DeWitt Capital Group.
Dewitt is married to the former Katharine Cramer of St. Louis. They have four grown children: Katie, Bill, Andrew, and Margot, and 12 grandchildren.
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