David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals from 2000 until last November, died at the age of 84 last week.
The team has released a statement.
It is with great sadness that we announce former Royals Owner and Chairman David Glass passed away last week at the age of 85. pic.twitter.com/Z5wNrz41xC— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 17, 2020
Glass became interim CEO of the Royals in 1993 following the death of team founder Ewing Kauffman. He led a board of directors that was tasked with finding a long-term owner of the club, a search that ended with him purchasing the team for $96 million in 2000. The team floundered initially, but after Glass brought on Dayton Moore as general manager in 2006, the team began investing in player development, leading to a pennant in 2014, and a championship in 2015.
Glass was a Missouri native, from Mountain View, and a graduate of Missouri State University. He made his name as the CEO of Walmart, staying with the company from 1976 to 2000. Glass began the process of looking for a buyer for the Royals in secret last January, reaching agreement with Indians minority owner and Kansas City native John Sherman. Sherman purchased the team for $1 billion, with the transition approved by MLB owners in November.