9. PAUL OWENS, GM/Manager/Executive
Paul ‘the Pope’ Owens was a minor league player who ended his playing career with the Olean Oilers. He was named that club’s manager in 1955, and when Olean became a Phillies affiliate in 1956, Owens began a lifelong association with the organization.
Through nearly a half-century, Owens would serve in a variety of roles: minor league manager, scout, Farm Director, General Manager, Manager, and finally as a Senior Advisor and Special Assignment Scout.
Owens is credited with assembling the core of the first-ever Phillies team to win a World Series championship in 1980. His farm system yielded players such as Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski, and Dick Ruthven.
Not just a developmental talent evaluator, Owens was a shrewd trader. His deals yielded numerous vital parts, including Tug McGraw, Garry Maddox, Bake McBride, and Manny Trillo. And he signed the team’s first big free agent, Pete Rose.
Owens went down to field level in the 1983 season, and guided the club to a 47-30 finish that clinched the franchise’ 5th NL East crown in 8 seasons. He led that team to a National League Pennant, and their 2nd World Series appearance in 4 years.
The Phillies top pitcher and position player in the minor league system now receives the Paul Owens Award, named in his honor.