There would not be a pro football team in Glendale without William V. “Bill” Bidwill.
Bidwill was owner of the Cardinals from 1962 until his death Oct. 2. He was 88.
Bill Bidwill inherited the St. Louis Cardinals from his father, who purchased the team in 1933.
In 1988, when St. Louis refused to build a new stadium, Bill Bidwill brought the Cardinals to Phoenix. They eventually made a home in Glendale.
He was the longest-tenured owner in the NFL
The city of Glendale issued a statement on Bill Bidwill after his death:
“Few individuals have had such a profound impact on the state of Arizona and the city of Glendale as Bill Bidwill. He stood as a remarkable example of selflessness and humility in his service to our nation as part of the U.S. Navy, in his dedication to his faith and family and in his unheralded contributions to his community and those in need.
“His love of football and the Arizona Cardinals left an irreplaceable mark on our city when he provided the leadership and support for a new NFL stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Every mention of Glendale during nationally and internationally televised events is because of the legacy of Mr. Bidwill.
“We join in celebrating the remarkable life of Bill Bidwill and send our deepest condolences to the Bidwill family.”
A funeral Mass was held Oct. 8 in Phoenix. It was held two days after the Cardinals gave the Bidwill family the first victory of the season.