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Gerald Nugent

Born: Oct 25, 1892

Death: Jan 1, 1970

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

Gerald Nugent

Date of Birth : Oct 25, 1892
Date of Death : Jan 1, 1970
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Gerald Paul Nugent, Sr. was the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team of the National League from 1931 through 1942. A leather goods and shoe merchant, Nugent married longtime Phillies secretary Mae Mallen in 1925. Longtime Phillies owner William Baker died in 1930, leaving half of his estate to Mallen and half to his wife. With the support of Baker's widow, Nugent became team president. Baker's widow died in 1932, leaving Nugent in full control. Unlike Baker, Nugent cared more about winning than saving money. However, even with his income from his other businesses, he didn't have the financial means to get the Phillies out of the National League basement. He was forced to trade what little talent the team had to make ends meet and had to use some creative financial methods to be able to even field a team at all. The one highlight of his ownership was a 78-76 record in 1932, the only time that the Phillies finished with a winning record between 1918 and 1948. Nugent finally reached the end of his rope in 1942.

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