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10/16/08 3:35 AM ET

Giles passes dad's trophy to Phillies

Club chairman has been with organization since 1969

LOS ANGELES -- Bill Giles had an emotional night, too.

The honorary president of the National League has awarded the trophy named in honor of his father, late NL president Warren Giles, for the past seven years. He's handed it to the Giants, Marlins, Astros, Rockies and Cardinals twice.

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When he presented it to Phillies team president David Montgomery on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, his smile was that much bigger. Giles has been with the organization since 1969, wearing many hats, including the current one of chairman.

"I was able to give my dad's trophy to my own organization," he said. "I was trying hard not to be emotional. I was afraid I was going to cry, but I held it in. It was a big night to give it to the guy I hired to replace me."

Giles began his Phillies career as the vice president of business operations in 1969. He also serves as executive vice president and president. He became chairman in 1997.

He was part of the ownership group that purchased the Phillies from the Carpenter family in 1981. The group reportedly paid $30 million.

Giles enjoyed the ride like everyone else.

"The thing I admire most is the character of this team," he said. "We didn't have guys with career years, other than [Brad] Lidge, who was perfect in saves. This year, it seemed like somebody different came up."

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.