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William Orville Dewitt

William Orville Dewitt, American baseball executive. Member Major League Executive Council, 1948-1950, and from 77; member Committee to Select Veterinary Players to Baseball Hall of Fame, from 1972.; Member Missouri Bar Association, Bar Association St. Louis, Delta Theta Phi, Alpha Sigma Nu.; Mason (33 degree, Shriner).

Background

  • Dewitt, William Orville was born on August 3, 1902 in St. Louis. Son of William Joseph and Lulu May (Sowash) Dewitt.

  • Education

    • Student St. Saint Louis University, 1925-1927, Law School, 1928-1931, Washington University, 1927-1928.

    Career

    • Manager, 1936-1948, president, 1949-1951, vice president, 1952-1953. Stenographer St. Louis Cardinals, 1917-1925, treasurer, 1926-1935, vice president, 1936. Assistant general manager New York Yankees, 1954-1956.

      Baseball coordinator, 1957-1959. President Detroit Baseball Company, 1959-1960. Vice president, general manager Cincinnati Baseball Club Company, 1960-1961.

      President, general manager, owner Cincinnati Reds, 1961-1966. Baseball consultant, 1967-1972. President William O. DeWitt & Associates.

      Chairman of the Board Cincinnati Coliseum Corporation, Chicago White Sox, from 1975.

    Religion

    Denomination: Presbyn

    Membership

    Member Major League Executive Council, 1948-1950, and from 77. Member Committee to Select Veterinary Players to Baseball Hall of Fame, from 1972.; Member Missouri Bar Association, Bar Association St. Louis, Delta Theta Phi, Alpha Sigma Nu.

    Mason (33 degree, Shriner). Clubs: University (St. Louis).

    Connections

    • Married Margaret Holekamp, March 21, 1936. Children: Joan, Donna Dorothy, William O. Office boy for St.
    • father: William Joseph Dewitt
    • mother: Lulu May (Sowash) Dewitt
    • spouse: Margaret Holekamp
    • children: Joan Dewitt
    • Donna Dorothy Dewitt
    • William O. Office boy for St Dewitt
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    Born August 3, 1902
    Died March 3, 1982
    (aged 79)
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