Gillick rewarded with call to Hall
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A left-handed pitcher who helped the University of Southern California win the 1958 College World Series, Gillick pitched in the Orioles system through the 1963 season before arm problems ended his on-field career. The next year, he joined the Houston Colt .45s as an assistant farm director. From there, he progressed to Houston’s scouting department before becoming the team’s farm director.
Gillick then joined the Yankees for the 1975 and ’76 seasons as coordinator of player development before becoming the general manager of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays. From the ground up, Gillick methodically assembled a team that would grow into a perennial contender in the late 1980s and early ’90s, culminating with back-to-back World Series crowns in 1992 and ’93.