DENVER (AP) Jerry McMorris, one of the instrumental figures in bringing the Colorado Rockies to town, has died, the team said in a statement.

The team said that McMorris died Tuesday in Denver of cancer. He was 71.

McMorris was part of a group that purchased a controlling interest in the club in 1992, a year before the team started play. He served as chairman, president and CEO of the team until 2001. He was part of the team's ownership group until 2005.
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