After selling the Royals in November, former owner David Glass passed away last week at the age of 85.
Glass, a Missouri native, started his business career with Walmart, turning them from a successful regional business into a global superpower. After a successful business career, Glass was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame. After making his fortune with Walmart as an executive, Glass bought the Royals for $96 million in 2000, from the estate of the original owner, Ewing Kauffman. Glass owned the organization for 20 years, making two postseason appearances in 2014 and 2015, with one World Series title in 2015.
The Royals under David Glass
Throughout his tenure as owner of the Royals, Glass was known for cheap payrolls and little success. In his 20 years under Glass. the Royals had 15 losing seasons, including six 100-loss seasons. The hiring of Dayton Moore and the growth of the farm system, success came to the Royals and Glass. The Royals broke through in 2013 with a winning record, the second one under Glass’ tenure and the first since 2003. Then in 2014, the Royals made the postseason for the first time since 1985, hosting the Wild Card Game, and took off in the postseason. The Salvador Perez walk-off down the third-base line in the 12th inning just out of the reach of A’s third basemen Josh Donaldson was the first of 8 straight wins to open the playoffs, where the Royals cruised through the American League, winning the Pennant, but sadly falling to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.
The Year It Happened
In 2015, the Royals were on a revenge tour. They won the AL Central Divison title for the first time in franchise history. In the postseason, the revenge tour was a success as the No. 1 seed Kansas City Royals won their second straight American League Pennant. The Royals would go on to defeating the New York Mets in five games to win the second World Series title in franchise history, and 30 years after the first World Series title in 1985.
Kansas City’s Hero
Even though David Glass did not have the most success throughout his tenure, he saved baseball in Kansas City and will always be remembered for what he did for the city. Ewing Kauffman’s original desire was to gift the team to Kansas City, but the IRS blocked this from happening. Glass, who led the Board of Directors to fulfill Kauffman’s wish to sell the team, swooped in and bought the organization, saving baseball from possibly leaving Kansas City for good. In the past, Kansas City lost the A’s to Oakland, but Glass saved the city from losing another team and possibly baseball for good. David Glass is a Kansas City hero for saving the Royals and keeping the organization and baseball in Kansas City.
The Royals are back in rebuild mode after losing homegrown stars Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain. Add in health issues that Glass had been battling, he found it to be time to sell the team. Glass sold the team to Kansas City native and now a former minority owner of the Cleveland Indians, John Sherman. Glass did the same thing that Ewing Kauffman did. He helped build the franchise to the best it’s been, and when it was time, he sold the team to the best and most capable hands. Even though it wasn’t the most successful baseball life, David Glass means the world to the Royals organization and Kansas City. From everyone in Kansas City and all Royals fans, thank you for everything you did. Mr. Glass.
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