Services for Cardinals owner Bidwill to be held in Phoenix

Services for Cardinals owner Bidwill to be held in Phoenix
Bill Bidwill died on Oct. 2, 2019. (Source: Twitter)

PHOENIX (AP) — Services for Arizona Cardinals owner William V. "Bill" Bidwill are planned for next week.

The Cardinals announced a funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in Phoenix.

Mourners will gather at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church to remember the 88-year-old, who died Wednesday.

Bidwill is credited with bringing an NFL franchise to Arizona in 1988 when he relocated the St. Louis Cardinals after a stadium dispute, drawing outrage for years from Missouri fans.

Bidwill's father, Charles, purchased the then-Chicago Cardinals in 1932.

The younger Bidwill was a ball boy for the 1947 team when they won their only NFL championship.

When his mother, Violet, died in 1962, Bill and brother Charles "Stormy" Bidwill Jr. co-owned the team.

He eventually ceded day-to-day operations to son Michael.