A philanthropist and chief of protocol at the San Francisco Giants has died at the age of 88.
Betsy Inskeep died Sept. 18, according to official records from the San Francisco County Medical Examiner.
“Today the world lost one of the most remarkable women I have ever known,” Giants president Larry Baer said in a statement. “Betsy Inskeep loved San Francisco, and she loved the Giants. In her first job as chief of protocol she served as a catalyst for change that made the franchise a powerhouse on and off the field. She was part of the reason the franchise has been the best in Major League Baseball for nearly 20 years. She was a friend, mentor and a treasured member of our family and the entire baseball family.”
In 1999, news outlets in Japan reported that Inskeep would play catch in the dugout with the players in the dugout after a victory over the Washington Nationals. According to Inskeep’s website, she also assisted with the team’s merchandising as well as its communications and was the team’s spokeswoman and spokesman.
“Betsy had a larger-than-life personality, but more importantly she had a rich, caring heart. The Giants proudly honored Betsy’s legacy and continue her work each and every day by being better business and a better team through everyday service to each other, and the greater San Francisco community,” Baer added.
She reportedly played a big role in putting together the television broadcast package for the 1997 World Series and has been a professional historian for the Giants.
No cause of death has been released.
Fox News’ Alan Colmes and the Associated Press contributed to this report.