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Catalog Number 2013.55.26
Object Name Video
Title Pat Gillick
Scope & Content Pat Gillick:
01:15Sports played as a child: played basketball, football and baseball, in college concentrated on baseball; hero was Herb Sadie, a pitcher with Cleveland, saw him when a youngster
02:20When you went to USC at a pitcher, did you think this was the way to the big leagues? Started college at age 17, played for 4 years, graduated, 1959 first year to play pro ball
03:02Why didn't you get to the majors? Made it to Triple A, had some arm problems, little short on ability to reach the big leagues, gave it 5 years, headed back to school when he joined Houston in 1973
04:16When you gave up your career and went to Houston, was there any problems for you? There is a withdrawal you go through, transition you have to make it work, made it because he was getting back into sport as an administrator rather than doing something completely different
05:41Was there a turning point when you thought you could be a GM? Went to the Yankees in 1974, game plan was to work up to GM, came to Toronto in 1976, opportunity presented itself, good move as with an expansion team you start at ground zero and work your way up
07:24On putting the team together: most important thing is putting your staff together, getting the right people to make the right decisions, challenge to select the right people and put them in the right sorts because they will ultimately build the team; knew it would take 5-10 years to the get the team up and running
08:49Talks about Seattle and their expansion team - Seattle had had a baseball team but not major league so they had had time to develop as a team; talks about stocking as many young players as possible with a 5 year period, need support of ownership to follow your game plan
10:51Talks about the old stadium - not too bad then but looking back to the new stadium realized it was not so great, but it was home
12:13Talks about the playing positions: the 5 main players are the pitcher, catcher, shortstop, second base and centre fielder; build team around them
13:31Between 1977 and 1985 are there any players you remember the best? Dave (steed?), he was a pitcher who had an opportunity to win when he was on the field
14:30Did you feel the pennant was reachable in 1985? When the team turned 500 games, they were going in the right direction, culmination of what they were doing since 1977
15:23Was there a season when people starting to respect the Jays? Close to the 1983-84 the rest of the league knew they were going to play 500 or better
16:29Was there are time between 1985 and 1992 when you were on world series track? Disappointed in not winning in 1985, we had a real good chance of going to the world series, we know we were competitive and at some point we would go to the series.
18:361992 season: about things being out of their control - nervous, always have concerns, health always a concern, not being able to react to something that happens
19:501992 was going up a mountain and reaching the top, World Series was the first time, never had a World Series Champion in Canada
20:44On Toronto as a baseball city: hockey town for sure, the Leafs have a stable fan foundation, in baseball you have to win to bring the fans to the park and the team must be appealing, attractive
21:46Why do baseball players take so long to develop? Not so much for a pitcher, a pitcher has control, need confidence as you move up in the league, don't be afraid to get hurt, be able to rebound; position players have to learn the offensive part, learn to hit; you have to hit at least 2400 at bats to know what you are really doing
24:11At what point did you decide Toronto needed a new stadium? Happened at a board meeting about the 1985 season, need a facility that would hold all the fans, needed to generate revenue to keep the players
25:23On natural vs artificial turf: preferred natural grass; wanted to use the stadium for other sports so put in the artificial turf
26:48Was another world series possible in 1993 or 1994? Talks about the baseball strike, they had the opportunity to be competitive, the strike took a lot of enthusiasm out of the fans; he left the team at this time as his assistant was ready to take over
27:47Talks about the philosophy of the organization - to promote people from within, did their succession planning
29:24Challenge in building a team and keeping good players together; you don't want all the contracts expiring at the same time, stagger them so have to fill only 1-2 sport, need long range set of plans
30:31Is there a blueprint you used in 1992, 1993? He is a pitch and defence kind of guy; in hockey offense is about how many goals scored; difficult to measure a player's defensive skills, preventing runs is as important as scoring runs, trying to find a player who can play both sides
33:12Top scouts: bob Maddick; they could look at players and let you know if they were capable of playing the Sky Dome
Year Range from 1978
Year Range to 1994
Subjects Toronto Blue Jays
World Series
baseball
Search Terms accountability
composure
confidence
detail oriented
goal setter;
leadership
teamwork
professionalism