Ruly Carpenter Obituary – Death, 81 Year Old Former Phillies owner Has Passed Away

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Ruly Carpenter Obituary – Death, Cause of deathRuly Carpenter, who owned the Phillies when the team won their first World Series title in 1980, passed away on Monday September 13, 2021. He was 81.  He died on September 13, 2021 in the hospital leaving family members, loved ones and friends in great grief and fear.

 

Cause of Ruly Carpenters Death…

Ruly Carpenter, who owned the Phillies when the team won their first World Series title in 1980, passed away on Monday September 13, 2021. He was 81.  He died on September 13, 2021 in the hospital leaving family members, loved ones and friends in great grief and fear.

Robert R. M. Carpenter III, known to all as “Ruly,” came from one of Delaware’s wealthiest and most philanthropic families. But those who knew him said what he enjoyed giving most was his time and kindness.

Carpenter, a du Pont family descendant from Montchanin, would regularly attend University of Delaware football practices and sit with the locals who gather on a bench along the Blue Hens sidelines, offering them each his firm handshake.

“Hands of steel, heart of gold,” said Jerry Oravitz, the former UD football operations chief who is now an associate athletic director involved in fundraising. “He was the best.”

According to our source, no cause of death has been declared as investigation is still on-going at the time of gathering this report.

We pray that God grants those who are affected by this death the fortitude to carry on. Losing a beloved one is one of the most difficult feelings on earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family members and friend.

 

How Old Was Ruly Carpenter When He Died ? 

Ruly Carpenter was 81 years of age when he died. “I am deeply saddened by the news of Ruly Carpenter’s passing,” former Phils player and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wrote on Twitter. “He was a wonderful man with huge heart and a strong desire to be excellent in everything he did. God bless and I hope you enjoy your time with Pope, Dallas, Vuk, Ruben Sr. and so many others who loved you dearly. RIP.”

 

Who Was Ruly Carpenter ?

Robert R. M. Carpenter III, known to all as “Ruly,” came from one of Delaware’s wealthiest and most philanthropic families. But those who knew him said what he enjoyed giving most was his time and kindness.

Carpenter, a du Pont family descendant from Montchanin, would regularly attend University of Delaware football practices and sit with the locals who gather on a bench along the Blue Hens sidelines, offering them each his firm handshake. Robert R.M. Carpenter III owned the Phillies when the team won their first World Series title in 1980.

Known as “Ruly,” Carpenter took over as team president in 1972 at age 32 from his father, Robert R.M. Carpenter Jr. His grandfather, R.R.M. Carpenter, bought the Phillies for $400,000 in 1943 after the team fell into bankruptcy.

Carpenter made Mike Schmidt the highest paid player in baseball in 1977 and signed Pete Rose as a free agent for $3.2 million in 1979. However, those rising salaries convinced Carpenter to sell the team in 1981 to a group led by Bill Giles for $30 million.

Carpenter had been a first-team All-State end at Tower Hill and played in the first DFRC Blue-Gold football game. His father was co-originator of the annual charity event. As a senior, he was also a third-team All-State basketball player at Tower Hill and starred for the Hillers’ 13-2 baseball team.

He then lettered in football and baseball at Yale. Carpenter was a 1987 Delaware Sports Hall of Fame inductee and an assistant coach on Tower Hill’s state championship baseball team that spring.

Among Carpenter’s closest friends was Delaware Sports Hall of Famer Lou Romanoli.

The two had first been baseball teammates for a Wilmington Sporting Goods team that also included future Delaware football coach Tubby Raymond and NBA general manager Pat Williams in the Delaware Semi-Pro League in 1956. They’d been friends ever since.

“Sad to hear of the passing of Ruly Carpenter,” former player Greg Luzinski said on Twitter. “Owner of the 1980 World Champion Phillies. It’s very hard for me to express my feelings. Condolences to Stephanie and family.”