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Royals to honor late owner David Glass with special uniform patch during 2020 season

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Posted at 3:50 PM, Jan 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 16:50:03-05

The Kansas City Royals will honor David Glass — the team's former owner, who died two weeks ago less than five months after deciding to sell the team — during the 2020 season with a special uniform patch.

The patch will appear on the right sleeve of the Royals' uniforms, according to a team news release. It will be round and feature Glass's initials in royal blue with a crown adornment.

Glass died Jan. 9. 2020, at age 84.

He served as the chairman of a board directors after the Royals' founding owner, Ewing Kauffman, died in 1993.

Glass bought the team in 2000 for $96 million.

Major League Baseball approved the Royals' sale to a group led by billionaire and philanthropist John Sherman in November.

A lifelong baseball fan, Glass led the club through lean years in the early 2000s. He hired Dayton Moore as general manager in 2006, which transformed the club's baseball operations and scouting department, particularly in Latin America.

It took some time, but the result was the Royals' back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. That culminated with a 2015 World Series championship against the New York Mets.

Glass also was a business titan. He ran Walmart from 1988 to 2000. The company grew its sales from $16 billion in 1988 to $165 billion by 2000.

A New York Times profile of Glass after his death stated he helped introduce grocery items into Walmart.

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