The Orioles released a statement Wednesday afternoon with principal owner Peter G. Angelos' comments about best-selling author Tom Clancy, a minority owner for the team who died Tuesday at age 66.
The statement reads:
For decades, Tom Clancy entertained millions with his novels and enjoyed producing no fewer than seventeen best-sellers. He was an extraordinary storyteller who had an ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats. His passion for the military was evident in his efforts to ensure that the men and women who serve our country were properly recognized for their service and commitment.
While he achieved international acclaim as a celebrated author, Tom, a proud Baltimorean, was a devoted Marylander, a treasured friend, and a valued partner and advisor in the Orioles ownership group. He was a regular presence at Oriole Park and enjoyed talking about baseball, the ballclub and its operations.
We are deeply saddened by Tom’s passing. He will be missed but long remembered.
On behalf of the Orioles, we extend our sympathies to his family.
When Angelos purchased the team in 1993, a group of local investors, including Clancy, helped to finance the deal. Angelos called Clancy a key member of the group, according to a Baltimore Sun article in April 1993.
"He's committed to making a very substantial financial commitment in furtherance of our goal, which is to secure local ownership of the ballclub," Angelos said at the time.
As part of a divorce settlement in 1999, Clancy split his Orioles ownership in half with his ex-wife, Wanda. Clancy, who had been the second-biggest shareholder of the team, held about 24 percent before the settlement, according to a Baltimore Sun article from March 2000.
Clancy later held the title of the Orioles' vice chairman of community projects and public affairs.
The Orioles' 2013 media guide includes a brief biography of Clancy, which talks about his novels, as well as his "deep admiration and respect for our men and women in uniform, whom he holds in the highest esteem."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun