Eagles in the Pros: Greg Gailius
Nov. 14, 2012
The "Eagles in the Pros" series highlights former Boston College baseball players who have been successful in careers outside of baseball. The second in the series features Greg Gailius ('77), who has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 35 years, rising to partner.
Q: How has attending Boston College helped in your career?
It's all about hard work, perseverance, having a good work ethic, a good attitude and teamwork. All those things are key in sports and key in business.
Q: What lessons did your BC baseball experiences give you that have helped in your career and life?
Baseball taught me to work hard and really learn to trust my teammates. People who played athletics really get it when it comes to teamwork in the business world. They think it's really made a big difference.
I am a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and have been there for 35 years. I've had some amazing opportunities and a lot of them are because I know how to team well with people and how to adapt to the situation. I think that athletics really teaches you that.
Q: What was one of your favorite moments at BC?
I remember a game my senior year before the ECAC playoffs to get to the College World Series, which was a big deal. We were playing down at Providence College. I hit a ball over the centerfielder's head. There was a guy on first and we were down, 1-0. It was the eighth inning. I got to second base and I thought I was going to have a double. Bill Cunis, who was the third-base coach, waved me to third and then he waved me in. I scored and we won, 2-1. Well, low and behold, they had this fence [in the outfield] and the centerfielder got his shoelaces stuck underneath it and he couldn't reach the ball. That's why I scored. We ended up winning both games of the doubleheader, but it was a funny moment.
The other thing that I will tell you that people will get a kick out of would be about the bus rides with Eddie Pellagrini. The stories he told ... he played in the major leagues in the 40s and the 50s. He met every great player in the games, going back to Babe Ruth and Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. About 10 or 12 years ago, I was out in San Francisco playing golf. All of a sudden, Joe DiMaggio walks in and sits down. I am with a bunch of guys I work with and I said, I am going to go talk to him. I walked up to him and said, Mr. DiMaggio, my name is Greg Gailius, I played for Eddie Pellagrini at Boston College and he would have loved for me to come over and say hi to you on his behalf. [Joe] stand ups and shakes my hand, gives me a hug and said, tell Eddie I miss him. The stories Pelly told on the bus over the four years that I played taught me so much about baseball and life. Those are the kinds of experiences that I had that were special.
Q: How did you come up with the first Baseball Night? What was the motivation behind it?
Q: You have helped fund an endowed scholarship and funded an additional family scholarship for the baseball program. Talk about your thoughts behind doing this.
I've been fortunate in that I've helped fund the Eddie Pellagrini Scholarship and then I've turned my attention to doing the Gailius Family Scholarship. The scholarship luncheon every year is really cool, because you get to meet the student who is getting the scholarship. It's all about giving back.
When you take a step back, and you think about the education and values you got, you have a lot to be thankful for. I think you are seeing a pretty good spirit develop. It makes you feel good.