Inducted: 2019


began his long San Francisco Giants career in 1976 as the team’s marketing director, spoofing famously gusty Candlestick Park in a series of memorably funny campaigns. He also sparked initiatives to prevent the franchise’s move to Toronto in 1976 and Tampa/St. Petersburg in 1992, rising to the rank of Senior Vice President of Business Operations.

Continuing as SVP under new ownership in 1992, Gallagher went on to help spearhead building the new, privately financed, waterfront ballpark, opened in 2000. He oversaw developing the Charter Seat, naming rights and founding sponsorship programs, as well as the industry’s first electronically delivered secondary ticket marketplace. By the time he left in 2009, he was President of Giants Enterprises.

Gallagher co-founded the Alternative Golf Association and annual Emerald Bowl (AKA Kraft Bowl), and also helped to secure Super Bowl 50 for Levi’s Stadium, becoming Executive Vice President of Marketing, Partnerships and Communications for the Host Committee. That triumph led to his co-authoring “Big Game Bigger Impact: How the Bay Area Redefined the Super Bowl Experience and the Lessons Learned That Can Apply to Any Business.” Currently a management consultant, speaker, and mentor with college sports management programs in mind, in 2018 Gallagher launched a podcast series called “Life in the Front Office.”