Prior to their game against the Cardinals, the Phillies announced that team owner Sara L. (Sally) Buck died Saturday morning.
Buck was 83 years old.
Buck and her late husband Alexander (Whip) Buck had been a part of the Phillies’ ownership group since December 1981.
“The Phillies are very sorry to learn of Sally’s passing,” Phillies president David Montgomery said in a statement. “Whip and Sally provided consistent support for the organization, both as partners and fans. Sally was loved by many in the Phillies’ organization from front office staff, to players, to fellow owners. Her passing leaves the club with a profound sense of loss. Her presence at Citizens Bank Park will be missed by all who knew and loved her.”
According to the team's website, the Phillies’ limited partnership formed in 1981. None of the longtime partners own as much as 50 percent of the partnership. Montgomery, the general partner, has complete management authority.
“Our heartfelt condolences are expressed to Sally’s sons, Pete and Sandy, daughters-in-law, Nancy and Sissy, and loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” Montgomery said. “As her sons Pete and Sandy said, ‘Sally always put family and others first, ever humble and selfless, and deeply committed to her community, her friends and those in need. She modeled love, strength, virtue, good cheer and wisdom.’”