Former Rockies president Jerry McMorris dies

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Jerry McMorris

Jerry McMorris

DENVER – Jerry McMorris, the man credited with bringing Major League Baseball to Denver, died Tuesday at the age of 71.

League officials say McMorris passed away at The Anchutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado-Denver “after a long illness.”

Along with current Colorado Rockies owner Charles Monfort, McMorris and Monfort’s group purchased controlling interest in the club on September 2, 1992.

McMorris was immediately named Chairman and CEO of the Rockies – a title he held until 2001. He remained a member of the Rockies ownership group until 2005.

“I am very saddened by the loss of my friend Jerry McMorris, whose efforts were integral to bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado in 1993,” said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. “Under Jerry’s leadership, the Rockies attracted more than three million fans in each of the club’s first nine years and became a first-class franchise in a wonderful ballpark. Jerry quickly established himself as a leader within our industry, playing a key role on a number of our committees and serving not only the Rockies franchise but all of Major League Baseball very well.”

The Colorado Rockies also released a statement expressing sadness.

“He will be greatly missed by us all,” said Rockies Owner and CEO Dick Monfort.

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