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12/11/2008 10:30 PM ET
Pat Gillick crowned King of Baseball
Phillies' Senior VP and GM has been in pro baseball for 51 years
Phillies general manager Pat Gillick (left) and manager Charlie Manuel with the World Series trophy. (AP)

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LAS VEGAS -- Senior Vice President and General Manager Pat Gillick of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies was named the "2008 King of Baseball" Thursday night at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet. The "King of Baseball" is a long-standing tradition in which Minor League Baseball salutes a veteran from the professional baseball world for long-time dedication and service.

Gillick has been in professional baseball for 51 years. He played Minor League Baseball for several years before beginning his distinguished front office career. Gillick has received numerous awards while working for six different Major League organizations. He is known throughout the game for his commitment to scouting, player development and Minor League Baseball.

Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia all reached the playoffs with Gillick as general manager. He was also the architect behind Toronto's back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.