Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Mourns the Loss of Organization’s Long-Time Board Member Will Royster

Colorado Springs, CO – Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), a non-profit organization, mourns the passing of long-time board member and former Major League Baseball player, Will Royster.

“Will will be missed and his involvement and his impact in the many MLBPAA activities over the years will not be forgotten, but most of all Will the person will be remembered as one you were fortunate to know,” said MLBPAA Chairman of the Board Jim Hannan.

Royster played mainly in the Baltimore Orioles organization throughout his 11-season Major and Minor League career. In 1981, he was selected the Double-A Charlotte Orioles MVP, after setting club records with 31 home runs, 88 RBI and 53 stolen bases.

“The Alumni Association lost a good man in Will. He always had a smile on his face and was happy to be part of the team. Will was one of those ‘whatever you need’ guys. I don’t recall ever telling me no – no matter the request,” said Geoff Hixson, MLBPAA Chief Operating Officer. “After he joined the board he was always trying to do more and expand the MLBPAA’s reach. He hosted several events over the years in Atlantic City and was always ready to pack his golf clubs and drive anywhere on the East Coast to help raise funds at our Swing with the Legends golf tournaments. My thoughts and prayers go to his wife and son, a terrific of a golfer who I’m sure will carry on his father’s legacy in the sports world.”

Royster was a huge proponent of the MLBPAA’s Legends for Youth Clinic Series, regularly donating his time and expertise at youth clinics across the nation in an effort to inspire and educate youth. He attended multiple fundraising events each year to help raise money for charity as well as enjoy the camaraderie of former players.  

About the MLBPAA

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) was formed in 1982 with the mission of promoting the game of baseball, raising money for charity and protecting the dignity of the game through its Alumni players. The MLBPAA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO with a membership of more than 7,400, of which approximately 5,600 are Alumni and active players. Alumni Players find the MLBPAA to be a vital tool to become involved in charity and community philanthropy.



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The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) was formed in 1982 in order to promote the game of baseball, raise money for charity, inspire and educate youth through positive sport images and protect the dignity of the game through former players. A nonprofit organization, the MLBPAA establishes a place where a player's drive for excellence and achievement on the field can continue long after they take their last steps off the professional diamond.




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