Former Royals owner David Glass dies at age 85

David Glass celebrates the Royals 2015 World Series championship with manager Ned Yost.	 Al Bello  AP

David Glass, the broken-down proprietor of the Kansas City Royals died ideal week, the team confirmed Friday. Glass agreed to sell the franchise to current owner John Sherman last August, a move that was officially ratified in November. 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. Eventually, though, the slow-developing rebuild under GM Dayton Moore bore fruit. Under his ownership, the Royals won the franchise's second World Series in 2015 and won back-to-back American League pennants in in 2014 and 2015. The Royals came down from that high point and over the last two seasons have lost a total of 207 games.

During his ownership of the Royals, Glass was an active member in Major League Baseball and served on key committees within the Major League organization. His passion for baseball and like for Kansas City changed into once the motive force in bringing success on the arena for this franchise. "Like so many Kansas Citians, I am deeply saddened by the new of David's passing", "On behalf of our entire ownership group, I want to express deepest gratitude to the heart of a man who carefully placed a treasure in the hands of Kansas Citians". Sherman also added that he "pledge [s] to carry [the franchise] forward with his passionate commitment and selfless spirit". But above all, Mr.

After the news of Glass' passing was announced, community leaders offered their support to the Glass family. 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. "Glass. My thoughts and prayers are with the Glass family, the Royals organization, and all of Kansas City".

According to Business Wire, Glass passed away from complications associated with pneumonia. He left Crank in 1968 after the company was sold and worked for two other companies, including serving as General Manager of Consumer Markets in Springfield.

Glass was elected to the board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, too. "More than anyone beyond Sam Walton [founder], David Glass is responsible for making Walmart the company it is today", said Rob Walton, former chairman.

Glass is survived by his wife, Ruth, and three children - Dan, Don and Dayna Martz. 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.

Glass died January 9, the family said, adding that a memorial will be held January 27 at Northwest Arkansas Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers, Arkansas.

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