Fresno Grizzlies

Former Fresno Grizzlies co-owner killed in car crash

FRESNO , CALIF. -- -- 12/3/08 -- -- Center, Brian Glover, and at right, Chris Cummings talk about the changes to the lease agreement for Chukchansi Park. The city of Fresno and the Grizzlies have re-written the lease on the downtown stadium, Chukchansi Park. The stadium has always been city-owned, but the Grizzlies have always been a year-round tenant. Now the city will take over the stadium for nine months of each year. At left is Jason Hannold, director of tickets for the Grizzlies. MARK CROSSE/THE FRESNO BEE
FRESNO , CALIF. -- -- 12/3/08 -- -- Center, Brian Glover, and at right, Chris Cummings talk about the changes to the lease agreement for Chukchansi Park. The city of Fresno and the Grizzlies have re-written the lease on the downtown stadium, Chukchansi Park. The stadium has always been city-owned, but the Grizzlies have always been a year-round tenant. Now the city will take over the stadium for nine months of each year. At left is Jason Hannold, director of tickets for the Grizzlies. MARK CROSSE/THE FRESNO BEE Fresno Bee Staff Photo

A former franchise managing of the Fresno Grizzlies baseball team died last week in a car crash in Oregon.

Brian Glover, 52, died Thursday in a car crash on U.S. 26 in a rural area north of Portland.

According to The Oregonian, Glover’s car crashed into an embankment and he died at the scene. Oregon state troopers said he may have suffered a medical event before the crash, according to the report.

Glover was an initial investor in Fresno Baseball Club LLC., the group that took over the Grizzlies in 2005. He remained with the Triple-A organization as a managing partner until 2013.

Along with Chris Cummings, Glover was part of several other sports franchises, including the Fresno Falcons and Fuego.

“We are shocked and saddened due to the sudden passing of Brian Glover,” the Grizzlies said in a news release sent Monday.

“Many of our remaining front office staff worked alongside Brian under the prior Grizzlies ownership. Brian’s commitment and effort to the franchise as a past owner cannot be overstated. So many of the community efforts still going strong today were due to his leadership, especially the ‘Junior Grizzlies’ baseball program for special needs players and construction of the ‘Field of Dreams’ in Clovis. That will always be a part of Brian’s legacy with the Grizzlies, and it hurts to lose a member of the Fresno Grizzlies family. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and close friends.”

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