Minor League Baseball has announced that the Tri-City ValleyCats President and principle Owner, William (Bill) Gladstone, has been named the 2015 King of Baseball! Get the details:
The King of Baseball is a long-standing tradition in which Minor League Baseball recognizes a veteran of professional baseball for longtime dedication and service. Gladstone will receive the King of Baseball Award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet on Sunday, December 6th at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I am truly honored to have been selected as the King of Baseball as it is a wonderful distinction to be considered in the great group of prior award winners,” said Gladstone in a press release. “I want to thank Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner and his staff for all they do for baseball.”
In 2001, Gladstone met New York State Senate leader Joseph L. Bruno, a relationship that would lead to the building of Joseph L. Bruno Stadium on the grounds of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. The team, now known as the Tri-City ValleyCats, moved to Troy in 2002 and has spent 14 seasons there.
“Bill’s experience in the business world and his overall business acumen provided a tremendous boost for Minor League Baseball and the New York-Penn League,” said Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner in a press release. “His passion for the game of baseball and his presence and input on the Board of Trustees helped grow the Minor League Baseball brand across the country.”
A big congratulations to Bill Gladstone from all of us at Albany.com!