The Bidwill family has owned the Cardinals franchise since 1933 when Charles Bidwill Sr. bought the team when it was based in Chicago. Bill Bidwill's mother, Violet Bidwill, took over the team in 1947 after her husband's death and moved the franchise to St. Louis for the 1960 season. Bill Bidwill and his brother, Charles Bidwill Jr., took over the team when their mother died in 1962.
Bill Bidwill bought out his brother's share of the team in 1972, and later moved the franchise to Arizona in 1985.
Born July 31, 1931, Bill Bidwill's service with the Cardinals began as a child, when he was a ballboy for the team, KOLD reported. He served in the U.S. Navy before joining the Cardinals as a full-time employee in 1960, KTVK reported.
Bill Bidwill is survived by his five children -- Bill Jr., Michael, Nicole, Patrick and Tim -- and 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, KOLD reported. His wife, Nancy, died in 2016.