Former Royals owner David Glass dies

AP News Staff
January 18, 2020 - 10:51 pm
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (right) and owner David Glass celebrate with the Commissioners Trophy after defeating the New York Mets in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. The Royals won the World

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.

The Glass family said the businessman died Jan. 9. He had been dealing with health issues for some time.

Glass began negotiations early last year to sell the Royals, who reached the World Series twice under his ownership and won the title in 2015. The deal valued at about $1 billion with a group led by Kansas City businessman John Sherman was completed Nov. 26 after Major League Baseball owners voted unanimously to approve it.

“I am deeply saddened by the news of David’s passing,” Sherman said in a statement. ”His voice among other owners was so respected. He served on and led several Major League Baseball committees to better our game. His passion for baseball and love for Kansas City was the driving force in bringing success on the field for this franchise.

Glass was born in Mountain, View, Missouri, and joined the U.S. Army after he was graduated from high school. He earned a degree from Missouri State before beginning his business career at Crank Drug Company in 1960.

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