John S. Middleton

John S. Middleton is an American business leader and philanthropist. He is the managing partner and principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball,[1] holding a 48% ownership stake in the team. His philanthropy has focused on ending homelessness.[2]

John S. Middleton
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationAmherst College (B.A.)
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Net worthIncrease US$3 billion
(March 2018)
Spouse(s)Leigh Middleton

Early life

The Middleton family descends from John Middleton, who in 1857 founded John Middleton Co., a Philadelphia retail tobacco shop that evolved into a manufacturer and marketer of pipe tobacco and cigars.[3]

Middleton graduated from the Haverford School in 1973.[4] He was a wrestler at Amherst College where he graduated magna cum laude in 1977 with his bachelor's degree in economics.[5] He then attended Harvard Business School, graduating in 1979 with his Master of Business Administration.[6]

Middleton is married to Leigh Middleton, and they have two children.


Middleton began working at his family’s cigar business at age 16.[7] After graduating from Harvard Business School, he returned home to work at John Middleton Inc. where his father put him on the company’s board. Under Middleton, the company bought four tobacco brands from R.J. Reynolds in 1987, transforming the company into a major player in the pipe tobacco industry and paving the way for the subsequent growth of its packaged-cigar business.[7]

In 2007, Middleton sold John Middleton Co. to Altria, the parent of Phillip Morris USA, for $2.9 billion.[8]

Middleton is the President of Bradford Holdings, the parent company whose subsidiaries have included John Middleton Inc., Double Play Inc. (the corporate entity that holds his stake in the Phillies) and McIntosh Inns.[4]

Philadelphia Phillies

Middleton bought a 15% stake in the Phillies for $18 million in 1994.[9] He has been elected chairman of the partners’ Advisory Board annually since 1998.

When Phillies' chairman David Montgomery took a medical leave of absence in 2014, Middleton assumed a more active role in the Phillies, overseeing on-field and business performance. In 2015, Middleton became the public face of the Phillies ownership group. Middleton committed that the Phillies would have a greater focus on analytics, which influenced the hiring of Andy MacPhail, president, and Matt Klentak, general manager.[10][11][12]

At the November 2016 MLB owners’ meeting, Middleton was elected the Phillies’ control person by the thirty clubs, making him the primary person accountable to the commissioner's office for the Phillies' operations and compliance with MLB rules.[13][9]


Middleton and his wife, Leigh, share philanthropic involvement in several organizations that include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Penn Medicine,[14] the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church,[15] the Academy of Natural Sciences, and Project HOME.[16]

In 2012, the Middletons announced a gift of more than $16.2 million to the Philadelphia School District, Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia Academies and Drexel University for career and technical education.[17]

In 2013, the Middletons pledged $30 million to Project HOME[14] in an effort to end chronic homelessness by doubling the number of its apartments for homeless people, opening a new medical center and leveraging additional public and private funds.[18]

In 2014, it was announced that the couple had received the 2013 Philadelphia Award, given for their philanthropic works in the Philadelphia area, directed towards education, homelessness, and workforce development projects.[19][20]

Middleton serves as a member of the board of trustees of Amherst College, which awarded him its Medal for Eminent Service in 2004 in recognition of his dedication to the college.[6]


  1. ^ "Trustee Biographies | John S. Middleton '77 | Amherst College". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "Meet the Middletons: Philadelphia's Next Big Power Couple in Philanthropy". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Philadelphia Award shines a light on Middletons' philanthropy". philly-archives. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Area cigar firm fetches $2.9 billion Middleton has been puffin' since 1856". philly-archives. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Bill Conlin - Phils' part-owner has money to burn". philly-archives. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "John S. Middleton '77". Amherst College. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Can John Middleton Bring Back the Phillies?". Philadelphia Magazine. May 15, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  8. ^ "John Middleton". Forbes. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  9. ^ a b "John Middleton designated as Phillies' control person by MLB". CSN Philly. November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "With Phillies, Klentak will try to blend best of old and new worlds". PhillyVoice. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "Phillies introduce Andy MacPhail in Monday press conference". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Phillies hire ex-Google analyst to head baseball research & development". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "John Middleton named Phillies' control person". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  14. ^ a b "If you ever wondered how Phillies owner John S. Middleton made his $2.9 billion..." CSN Philly. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Middleton Center". Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  16. ^ Mcquade, Dan. "New York Times Plays Up Project HOME's Success". Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  17. ^ Center, Foundation. "Philadelphia School District, Educational Groups to Receive $16.2 Million". Philanthropy News Digest (PND). Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Hurdle, Jon (May 7, 2014). "Philadelphia's Success in Helping the Homeless Gets a Philanthropic Boost". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  19. ^ "Phillies Co-Owner, Wife Receive Philadelphia Award | News | Philadelphia Magazine". Philadelphia Magazine. March 24, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Middletons to receive the Philadelphia Award". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
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Manager Pete Mackanin was reassigned to a front office position following the season.

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John Powers Middleton

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List of Haverford School people

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List of Philadelphia Phillies owners and executives

The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies compete in MLB as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. In the franchise's history, the owners and ownership syndicates of the team have employed 11 general managers (GMs) and appointed 15 team presidents. The GM controls player transactions, hiring and firing of the coaching staff, and negotiates with players and agents regarding contracts. The team president is the representative for the owner or the ownership group within the front office and is responsible for overseeing the team's staff, minor league farm system, and scouting.The longest-tenured general manager is Paul Owens, with 11 years of service to the team in that role, from 1972 to 1983. Owens also served as the team manager in 1972, and from 1983 to 1984. After this time, he served as a team executive until 2003, and was inducted into the Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame in recognition of his services. The longest-tenured owner is Bob Carpenter, Jr., who was the team's primary shareholder from 1943 to 1972. He appointed the team's first general manager, Herb Pennock, during his tenure. In combination with his son, Ruly, the Carpenter family owned the Phillies for nearly 50 years (until 1981) until it was sold to Bill Giles, son of former league president Warren Giles. After Giles sold his part-ownership share, the Phillies are currently owned by John S. Middleton, Jim & Pete Buck, and former team President David Montgomery. The Phillies are currently overseen by team president Andy MacPhail and GM Matt Klentak.

List of professional sports team owners

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Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies are a professional baseball team based in Philadelphia, USA. The Phillies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) East division. Since 2004, the team's home has been Citizens Bank Park, located in South Philadelphia.

The Phillies have won two World Series championships (against the Kansas City Royals in 1980 and the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008) and seven National League pennants, the first of which came in 1915. Since the first modern World Series was played in 1903, the Phillies played 77 consecutive seasons (and 97 seasons from the club's establishment) before they won their first World Series—longer than any other of the 16 teams that made up the major leagues for the first half of the 20th century. They are one of the more successful franchises since the start of the Divisional Era in Major League Baseball. The Phillies have won their division 11 times, which ranks 6th among all teams and 4th in the National League, including five consecutive division titles from 2007 to 2011.

The franchise was founded in Philadelphia in 1883, replacing the team from Worcester, Massachusetts in the National League. The team has played at several stadiums in the city, beginning with Recreation Park and continuing at Baker Bowl; Shibe Park, which was later renamed Connie Mack Stadium in honor of the longtime Philadelphia Athletics manager; Veterans Stadium, and now Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have had a long-running rivalry with the New York Mets.

The team's spring training facilities are located in Clearwater, Florida, where its Class-A minor league affiliate Clearwater Threshers plays at Spectrum Field. Its Double-A affiliate is the Reading Fightin Phils, which plays in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Triple-A affiliate is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, which plays in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Its Low Class-A affiliate the Lakewood BlueClaws play in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Whiz Kids (baseball)

The Whiz Kids is the nickname of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. The team was largely made up of rookies; The average age of a member of the Whiz Kids was 26.4 The team won the 1950 National League pennant but failed to win the World Series.

After owner R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr. built a team of bonus babies, the 1950 team won for the majority of the season, but slumped late, allowing the defending National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers to gain ground in the last two weeks. The final series of the season was against Brooklyn, and the final game pitted the Opening Day starting pitchers, right-handers Robin Roberts and Don Newcombe, against one another. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in extra innings in the final game of the season on a three-run home run by Dick Sisler in the top of the tenth inning. In the World Series which followed, the Whiz Kids were swept by the New York Yankees, who won their second of five consecutive World Series championships.The failure of the Whiz Kids to win another pennant after their lone successful season has been attributed to multiple theories, the most prominent of which is Carpenter's unwillingness to integrate his team after winning a pennant with an all-white team.

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