Philadelphia Phillies chairman and former team president David Montgomery passed away this morning at the age of 72. Our friends over at The Good Phight nicely summed up why Montgomery — a Philly native — meant so much to this city.
Montgomery succeeded Bill Giles as Phillies’ president in 1997, leading the team to the such glorious moments such as signing Jim Thome as a free agent, opening the grass infield, open air Citizens Bank Park to the masses prior to the 2004 season and of course, winning the World Series in 2008. In the spring of 2018, the team renamed their spring training indoor training facility for him, honoring his commitment to the team. His battle with cancer began in 2014, when he was first diagnosed, leading him to take a leave from his responsibilities with the team. He returned a few months later, but he wasn’t able to continue with the same vigor as before, eventually ceding full-time duties to the Pat Gillick. His baseball accomplishments are many, but his humanitarian efforts are just as, if not moreso, important to the Philadelphia community. Due to his efforts to promote the game within the city that he loved, in return, a field was named in his honor as well, the very field where he came to love the game of baseball. It was something that was well deserved.
The Eagles released several statements regarding Montgomery’s passing.
Statement from the team:
Our thoughts are with everyone at the Phillies on the passing of David Montgomery. His influence on that franchise, baseball, and sports throughout the Philadelphia area is undeniable. But even more remarkable is the impact of his generosity, kindness, and positive attitude on just about anyone that crossed his path. To all of his family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy.
Statement from Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie:
Deeply saddened by the passing of David Montgomery. I’ll miss his presence and energy greatly. His gracious leadership and tremendous positivity will never bee forgotten. The world is a better place because of David’s passion, commitment, and selflessness. His legacy will live on forever.
Statement from Eagles president Don Smolenski:
David had this amazing quality of making everyone around him better. I had the pleasure to work alongside him in a variety of capacities for just over 20 years. He cared deeply about Philadelphia and the Phillies and always sought to present both in the best possible spotlight. His legacy runs deep and the support and kindness he personally extended to me over the years will be fondly remembered. My condolences go out to David’s family and the Phillies family during this time.
Statement from Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman:
I am saddened by the passing of David Montgomery. I was fortunate to spend time with him, and always left with a smile. He was a true visionary that impacted me personally, Philadelphia, and well beyond. I will miss him dearly.
RIP David Montgomery.