Ruly Carpenter Death – Obituary News: Former Phillies President, long-time Blue Hens supporter has died.
We are sad to report that Ruly Carpenter has passed away, according to the following statements posted on social media on September 13. 2021.
Sad to report Ruly Carpenter died today. Carpenter, pictured here left of Pat Williams and Tubby Raymond, is former #Phillies president, long-time #BlueHens supporter and proud @THSDE and @Yale alum and former athlete. Ruly was at Delaware Stadium for @delawarefb Saturday #delhs pic.twitter.com/08bvCbrRaf
— kevintresolini (@kevintresolini) September 13, 2021
kevintresolini @kevintresolini Sad to report Ruly Carpenter died today. Carpenter, pictured here left of Pat Williams and Tubby Raymond, is former #Phillies president, long-time #BlueHens supporter and proud @THSDE and @Yale alum and former athlete. Ruly was at Delaware Stadium for @delawarefb Saturday #delhs
Carpenter was born in the city of Wilmington in Delaware. He was 3 years old when his grandfather, R. R. M. Carpenter Sr., bought the Phillies in 1943 and gave control of the team to his dad, Bob. He graduated from Yale College or university in 1962 where he received two varsity sports degrees, and joined the Phillies’ in 1963. In 1965, he recommended that his dad work with Paul Owens, a young scout, as farm system director. Owens would eventually become general manager of Phillies in 1972.
Ruly became team president Phillies at 32, when his father stepped down in the 1972 while remaining chairman of the board. Ruly’s tenure as owner was, statistically speaking, one of the most (if not the most) successful in franchise history. From 1976 to 1980, the Phillies won the NL East in every season but one, including the team’s first World Series win in 1980. They also received the first fifty percent National League East title in the strike-shortened 1981 season.
Soon after the World Series triumph, however, Carpenter decided to sell the team. With the advent of free agency, salaries were already starting to spiral upward, and he believed that even with his considerable wealth he needed to take on minority investors in order to stay afloat. Unwilling to have to get permission from partners in order to make major decisions, he sold the Phillies to a group headed by longtime Phillies executive Giles for $32.5 million in 1981. By comparison, his grandfather had bought the team in 1943 for $400,000.
Carpenter still lives in Wilmington. He is a longtime member of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees; his family has supported the school for many years. He is still an avid Phillies fan, and closely followed the team’s run to its second world title in 2008. He was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.
Carpenter’s great-grandmother, Margaretta Carpenter, was the sister of Pierre S. du Pont, president of DuPont from 1915 to 1919.
Condolences – Comments and Reactions.
RIP Ruly Carpenter, owner and President when the @Phillies won their 1st World Series. Sold the team in 1981 when he was ‘fed up with escalating player salaries’ – In 1980 Nolan Ryan had become 1st MLB player to earn $1m/year #phillies pic.twitter.com/4yx4tnxQcS
— Phanatic (@19802008CHAMPS) September 13, 2021
— Matt Rappa (@mattrappasports) September 13, 2021
NOT AN OBITUARY .