Sad news out of Sacramento, as Rivercats owner Art Savage passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday night. He was 58.
Savage, a non-smoker, had battled lung cancer but had recently been given a clean bill of health, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Savage, who co-owned the Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate with his wife, Susan, oversaw one of the most successful franchises in minor league baseball since he helped bring the club to town 10 years ago. During that span, the River Cats won two Triple-A championships and four PCL titles. Perhaps even more notable, Sacramento led minor league baseball in attendance in each of its first nine seasons before finishing second to Triple-A Columbus (which debuted a new ballpark) in 2009.
"He had a great vision and passion and level of perseverance unlike anybody I’ve worked for before. That’s what made the River Cats and Raley Field possible," River Cats president/general manager Alan Ledford told the Sacramento Bee.
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