Former Royals' Owner David Glass Passes Away

Former Kansas City Royals owner David Glass dies at 84

Chief Executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for almost two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died January 9 of complications from pneumonia. Glass and his family sold the Royals late a year ago. Glass, a Missouri native who made his fortune as a Wal-Mart executive, originally purchased the club from the estate of Ewing Kauffman for $96 million. Glass was 84 years old.

Highlights of Glass' tenure as the Royals' owner was a remarkable, unexpected run at the division title in 2003, the drafting of franchise cornerstones Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Danny Duffy, and three straight winning seasons from 2013-15. Since then, however, the Royals have struggled, with back-to-back 100-loss seasons.

Glass led a team of managers who adopted new and innovative technologies to streamline operations and improve customer service. "His voice among other owners was so respected; He served and chaired several Major League Baseball committees to improve our game". His passion for baseball and love for Kansas City was the driving force in bringing success on the field for this franchise. Sherman also added that he "pledge [s] to carry [the franchise] forward with his passionate commitment and selfless spirit".

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said: "Mr". "He cared a lot about our fans and the future of baseball". But above all, Mr. Glass placed an emphasis on putting family first which is what he stressed to our entire organization. We're eternally grateful for his humble and supportive leadership, and we are beyond blessed that we had been a phase of his fabulous existence. "He will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Glass family during this hard time".

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He died of complications associated with pneumonia, according to a media release from the Glass family. Glass vowed to build the organization the right way, and he gave Moore the resources and responsibility to accomplish that objective. Glass was the Chairman of the Board of MLB Advanced Media, a member of Major League Baseball's Executive Council and a member of MLB Enterprise and Finance Committee.

Glass left the company in 1968 and worked for two other companies until 1976, when Walmart founder Sam Walter recruited him to be his company's chief financial officer.

Glass was elected to the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, too. "He'll be missed", while shortstop Adalberto Mondesi shared, "[I am] saddened by his departure but I know he will continue to look over us". In fact the Missouri State College of Business is named David D. Glass Hall in honor of his dedication to the university.

"The Chairman, as he was known to all of us, was so easy to communicate with and to work for", said Kevin Uhlich, Royals Senior Vice President of Business Operations.

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