Former Philadelphia Phillies president Ruly Carpenter dies at 81

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Robert Ruliph "Ruly" Carpenter, who was president of the Phillies when they won the first World Series is franchise history in 1980, died on Monday. He was 81 years old.

Carpenter joined the Phillies' front office in 1963 and took over as President from his father, Bob, in 1972.

The Phillies were 822-737 during his time in charge, a roaring success of a decade that included the 1980 World Series win, four division titles, four NLCS appearances, and back-to-back 101-win seasons.

He also played a big part in an influx of talent during his stretch in charge that included adding a number of fan favorites, names like Mike Schmidt, Larry Bowa, Bob Boone, Greg Luzinski, and Manny Trillo.

Carpenter sold the team for $30 million in 1981 to an investor group headed by Bill Giles.

The Phillies put out a statement Tuesday on Carpenter's passing:

"Ruly Carpenter was a consummate professional sports team owner," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement. "A third-generation local businessman, he believed in developing not just your players from within, but also your front office. Ruly was the driving force in promoting both Paul Owens and Dallas Green, and collectively, the three oversaw one of the greatest eras in Phillies history. [...] Ruly's influence has been and will continue to be felt for decades in the Delaware Valley. On behalf of the Buck and Middleton families, I extend my deepest condolences to the Carpenters."

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