Giants to honor Peter Magowan on Wall of Fame

The man who built the wall is going on the wall.

The Giants announced Wednesday that they’re honoring Peter Magowan by adding him on their Wall of Fame, which he created in 2008 in the team’s 50th anniversary year in San Francisco.

A ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 9 at 10 a.m., the morning of the team’s fanfest, at recently renamed Oracle Park. Magowan will be the 53rd person and first non-player on the wall.

Giants CEO Larry Baer said as the Giants prepare for their 20th season at the stadium, “It is only fitting that we pay tribute to the man who played a pivotal role in revitalizing our franchise and in turning San Francisco back into a baseball town. Through his passion and love for his childhood team, Peter led the effort to not only keep the Giants in San Francisco but also to build a permanent home for generations of fans to enjoy.”

Magowan, 76, who has been battling health issues in recent years, was the Giants’ managing general partner for 16 seasons through 2008 and the leader of the investment group that bought the team from Bob Lurie in December 1992. Lurie had an agreement to sell to a group that would move the team to St. Petersburg, Fla., but National League owners rejected the deal to allow Magowan’s contingent to step in.

Magowan, who became a Giants fan when he was a child in New York, spearheaded the ballpark plan in China Basin, where the Giants have played since 2000.

The initial prerequisites for going on the wall were playing at least nine seasons for the Giants or at least five seasons with an All-Star selection. The team softened the rules in recent years to include players from the three World Series-winning teams.

John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: jshea@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey

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