By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia Phillies chairman David Montgomery died on Wednesday morning. He was 72-years-old.
Montgomery died after a five-year battle with cancer.
“David was one of Philadelphia’s most influential business and civic leaders in his generation,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton said. “For 25 years, he has been an invaluable business partner and, more importantly, an invaluable friend. He was beloved by everyone at the Phillies. Leigh and I are saddened beyond words at David’s passing and extend our love and sympathy to Lyn, his children and grandchildren.”
Montgomery began his tenure with the Phillies in 1971 when he was hired by the ticket office. Early on, he would also work the scoreboard at night during home games.
He then was promoted to Marketing Director and then Director of Sales. He was then promoted again to Executive Vice President for the 1982 season.
In 1992, he was named the Phillies Chief Operating Officer. Five-years later, he was named General Partner, President, and Chief Executive Officer in 1997.
“David was truly a great man. I have never known a person with more integrity or who truly cared so much about everyone who worked for the Phillies,” the team’s chairman emeritus, Bill Giles said. “He and I worked hand-in-hand for over 30 years. During that time, I saw his unparalleled love for his family, the Phillies and the team’s fans, and of course, the City of Philadelphia. David was a big reason why the Phillies won 12 division championships, five National League championships and two World Series championships in that time.
“He was a fierce competitor in everything he did, including his battle to fight his illness. He will be tremendously missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.”
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