PETER B. FREUND, PRINCIPAL OWNER, TRINITY SPORTS HOLDINGS
Peter B. Freund is the Principal Owner of Trinity Sports Holdings, a portfolio company which owns and operates professional sports teams and venues throughout North America and Europe. Trinity Sports Holdings portfolio includes interests in Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees and Minor League Baseball’s Memphis Redbirds, Charleston RiverDogs and Williamsport Crosscutters. Trinity Sports Holdings also owns and operates two professional soccer teams; Dagenham & Redbridge Football Club in East London, England and Memphis 901 Football Club in downtown Memphis, TN. Trinity Sports Holdings was named Ballpark Digest’s Sports Organization of the Year in 2017.
In 2020, Peter joined the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball to help guide the transition of MLB’s licensed affiliates and spearhead the formation and launch of the MLB Draft League, debuting in 2021. While continuing to work at MLB, Peter remains Executive Chairman of Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. and serves on the board of the United Soccer League, where he is a member of its executive committee. Further, he is the President of the Redbirds Community Fund, an organization which supports numerous community outreach initiatives in Memphis, TN.
Peter graduated from the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Peter also serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Rippowam Cisqua School, a coeducational independent day school for grades pre-kindergarten through nine in Bedford, NY, which he attended.
ABOUT THE TEAMS
The Memphis Redbirds are the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and play at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee. The Charleston RiverDogs are the Class-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and play at Joseph P. Riley Park in Charleston, South Carolina. The Williamsport Crosscutters are founding members of the MLB Draft League and play at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, home of the MLB Little League Classic, broadcast annually as part of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
Dagenham & Redbridge FC can trace its history back to 1881 as one of the oldest clubs in England and play their home matches at Victoria Road in East London. Having been as high as League One in the Football League, where they played from 2007-2016, they are currently members of the National League (5th tier of English football). Memphis 901 FC was founded by Peter B. Freund, American soccer legend Tim Howard and Craig Unger in 2019 and play their home matches at AutoZone Park. They are a member of the United Soccer League’s Championship division, the highest tier of the USL.
Craig was named the General Manager of the Memphis Redbirds in April 2014, and he added the title of President in 2016. As the Redbirds’ President/GM, Craig is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate and AutoZone Park. In December 2016, Redbirds Principal Owner Peter Freund announced that Craig joined the ownership group for the franchise, along with Peter and the St. Louis Cardinals.
In four seasons in Memphis, Craig has directed numerous advancements with the franchise, including significant renovations and upgrades, which in part led to a 17 percent increase in attendance from the 2015 season to the 2016 season. That increase was fourth in all of Minor League Baseball, and the per-game change led the minors. The club built on that during the 2017 season, as its average home attendance rose an additional eight percent and included three crowds of 10,000 or more and 11 crowds above 7,500.
Before joining the Redbirds, Craig spent five years with the St. Louis Cardinals Front Office as an Account Executive, Corporate Sales and Marketing. In the position, Craig sold and managed corporate sponsorships, and oversaw club radio promotion and advertising, among other notable achievements.
Upon joining the Cardinals in 2008, Craig was tasked with bringing the team’s radio advertising in-house. From there, he played an essential role in returning the team’s radio broadcasts to KMOX (1120 AM) in 2010. Additional accomplishments included serving as the field producer for the 2009 All-Star Game at Busch Stadium, coordinating the 2011 World Series Victory Parade and leading the team’s marketing committee.
In 2013, Craig was integral in securing a long-term partnership with St. Louis-based Mercy as the Official Medical Provider of the St. Louis Cardinals. The deal gave the team access to a nationally recognized hospital, as well as an increased level of comprehensive, advanced care that is only possible from one of the leading health systems.
Maintaining his role as Account Executive, Craig also spent six months behind-the-scenes working on the acquisition of the Redbirds.
Prior to his time with the Cardinals, Craig spent nine years (1998-2007) in various positions at KTRS Radio including the role of Station Manager.
In his spare time, Craig enjoys cooking and barbecuing. He graduated from Webster University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Craig, along with his wife, Pamela, and three daughters, Emma, Ellen and Eden, reside in Memphis.
Tim Howard in an American soccer legend. Tim has the most caps (120) and wins (55) of any goalkeeper in US Soccer history, he competed in three World Cups, and holds the record for most saves by any goalkeeper in a game in World Cup history (16 against Belgium in 2014). Tim also played thirteen seasons in the English Premier League – the top league in the world – including three at famed Manchester United, followed by a decade at Everton. During that time, he won a FA Cup title, he was named the Premier League Goalkeeper of the Year and became one of the most beloved players in Everton history. Tim is also the first ever ambassador Everton in the U.S.
Tim started his career in MLS with the New York Metrostars and returned to MLS in 2016 with the Colorado Rapids. Retiring from soccer at the end of the 2019 MLS Season, his career in the league was filled with honors including being named captain of the Rapids, MLS All-Star, All-League, and Humanitarian of the Year Award recipient.
Tim was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in middle school and, in addition to his on-field accomplishments, he is a leading advocate, volunteering countless hours to Tourette’s-related causes. Personable and charismatic, he is a regular studio host for Turner Sport’s coverage of Champions League soccer and previously called games for NBC’s Premier League broadcasts. He represents many brands and published an autobiography, The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them, chronicling his career and life.
Tim hails from New Jersey, but now spends most of his time with his two children in Memphis, TN, a place he considers his adopted hometown. Last year, he became an owner of the Memphis 901 FC, an American professional soccer team that plays in the USL Championship division.
This is Doug’s 26th season in Minor League Baseball, all spent in the New York-Penn League. He previously worked for the Geneva (NY) Cubs (A) and re-located with the team in the fall of 1993 to Williamsport. He was named General Manager of the Williamsport Crosscutters in 1993 and Vice President/General Manager in 2008.
Upon the sale of the team to the new ownership group (Cutting Edge Baseball LLC) in December of 2014, Doug continued his role as Vice President of Operations & General Manager of the team and became a limited partner in the team.
He was named the New York-Penn League Executive of the Year in 2004.
Doug graduated from Plymouth State College, Plymouth, NH in 1990 with a B.S. in Physical Education, and from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 1991 with an M.S. in Sports Management.
He currently volunteers as a coach for multiple soccer teams for the AYSO in Williamsport, and is a past Advisory Board Member of the Williamsport YMCA.
Doug resides in Williamsport with his wife Susan, and their two sons Ty & Trevor.
Gabe has spent over 30 years in professional baseball, all in the New York-Penn League. His full-time baseball career began with the Geneva Cubs in 1993 and moved to Williamsport, Pa., that fall when the club relocated there.
In his role, Gabe oversees all sales, marketing and promotional activities of the Crosscutters while also being in charge of game day entertainment and serving as on-field host.
Gabe’s honors include; New York-Penn League Male Executive of the Year (2011 & 2017), New York-Penn League Community & Baseball Service Award (2014) and the Ray Keyes Sports Award by the Lycoming County Brotherhood Alliance (2014).
He has been a frequent presenter at the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar including acting as a seminar emcee in recent years and host of Minor League Baseball’s Golden Bobblehead Awards.
Sinicropi has served as a Public Address Announcer for the Little League World Series™ since 1998. He currently serves as a board member of the Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce and its Executive Committee, AAA North Penn, Hope Enterprises and is Chairman of the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau. He has been a member of Kiwanis for over 30 years and serves as an emcee for many local events and banquets. He formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Lycoming County United Way, as well as its Funds Distribution Committee for over a dozen years.
Prior to his full-time baseball career, Sinicropi was a Program Director & Morning Air Personality for CQ-102 Radio (WECQ), Geneva, N.Y., from 1984-1991.
Gabe resides in Williamsport and spends his free time collecting vintage toys, pop-culture antiques and baseball cards.