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Paul Giel

Paul Robert Giel
Born: Feb. 29, 1932 in Winona, Minn. 
Died: May 22, 2002 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Debut: 1954 | Pos: P
Ht: 5’11” | Wt: 185 | B: R | T: R

6 11 9 102 0 240.1 145 5.39

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Paul Giel was a two-sport star at the University of Minnesota — and later, its athletics director — and a pitcher in Major League Baseball.

A relief pitcher in the majors, Giel pitched for the Giants, the Pirates and 1 game each with the Athletics and Twins. In 240 innings pitched over 6 seasons, he compiled an 11-9 record and a 5.39 ERA.

He debuted in 1954 with the New York Giants in the year the team won the World Series. He also pitched for the Giants in the team’s first season in San Francisco. 

As a collegiate athlete, Giel was a two-time All-American at Minnesota in football and was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1953 — the year Giel was named Big Ten MVP. He was also an All-American in baseball. 

In 1972, he became Minnesota’s athletics director and held the job for 18 years. In his first 6 years there, the Gophers won two NCAA hockey titles, three Big Ten baseball championships and three gymnastics championships. He was fired by the school in 1988 at a time the school was facing some trouble with the NCAA. Giel, however, was not blamed for the rules violations. 

He died in May 2002 at the age of 69.