Jerry McMorris, who was credited for bringing the Colorado Rockies’ to Denver, died on May 8 following a lengthy illness. Along with his wife Mary, Jerry was the first recipient of JRF’s Chairman’s Award, an award that recognizes outstanding leaders on the business side of the sports industry who has promoted the values embodied in the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson.
“Jerry McMorris was an extraordinary leader in sports and in his community,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “While he will most certainly be remembered for what he did for baseball, we will always remember him for his promotion of equal access to education.” McMorris put together the partnership that purchased a controlling interest in the Rockies in 1992 after the original ownership group fell apart because of legal issues. He was chairman and chief executive of the franchise until 2001 and remained a member of the Rockies’ ownership until 2005. McMorris died of cancer. He was 71.