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.

Current Ownership Highlights

  • Purchased the team in the spring of 1996 from Anheuser-Busch.
  • Opened a new spring training facility in Jupiter, Florida in 1998.
  • Purchased the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League (A) in 1998.
  • Purchased the Springfield Cardinals of the Texas League (AA) in 2005 and opened the new Hammonds Field in Springfield, Mo.
  • Expanded the team's international footprint, operating baseball academies in the Dominican Republic, as well as employing personnel in six countries outside the United States.
  • Privately financed, built, and opened the new Busch Stadium in April, 2006.
  • Hosted Major League Baseball's 2009 All-Star Game.
  • Created the charitable foundation Cardinals Care, which has donated $19 million thus far to help St. Louis area children. Cardinals Care has also built 20 youth baseball fields in local disadvantaged neighborhoods and currently serves over 4,500 boys and girls each year as part of the Redbird Rookies program.
  • Launched the #4AGreenerGame program which has helped the team recycle more than 1,836 tons of solid waste, more than 575 tons of yard waste, and more than 110 tons of composted organic material since 2008.
  • Developed special events business highlighted by hosting an International Soccer Match, an NCAA Football game, and concerts by Dave Mathews, the Eagles, and U2.
  • The Cardinals have surpassed 3 million in attendance 14 times since 1996, averaging 3.2 million a season - 3rd overall in MLB behind the Yankees and Dodgers.
  • Won two Wild Cards (2011, 2012); eight Division Titles (1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009); three National League Pennants (2004, 2006, 2011); and two World Championships (2006, 2011).
  • Broke ground on Ballpark Village in February 2013. The 100,000 square foot retail/entertainment-focused first phase of the project is scheduled to open in Spring 2014.

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