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San Diego Padres Owner Peter Seidler Passes Away at 63
Beloved Chairman and Philanthropist Remembered for Contributions to Baseball and Community
San Diego Padres owner and chairman, Peter Seidler, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 63, the team announced. Seidler, a two-time cancer survivor, had battled Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in the past.
“The Padres organization mourns the passing of our beloved Chairman and owner, Peter Seidler,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner in a statement. “Today, our love and prayers encircle Peter’s family as they grieve the loss of an extraordinary husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.”
Known for his kindness and generosity, Seidler was deeply devoted to his family and had a compassionate heart, especially towards the less fortunate. His impact on the city of San Diego and the baseball world will be felt for generations.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred also expressed his condolences, stating, “I am deeply saddened by the news of Peter’s passing. Peter grew up in a baseball family, and his love for the game was evident throughout his life. He was passionate about owning the Padres and bringing the fans of San Diego a team in which they could always take pride.”
Seidler’s grandfather was the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Walter O’Malley, according to the team’s website. Seidler’s investment group purchased the Padres in 2012, and he became the team’s chairman in 2020.
Beyond his involvement in baseball, Seidler founded Seidler Equity Partners, a private equity fund that supports entrepreneurial companies in the US and Australia. He also initiated the “Tuesday Group,” a weekly gathering that addressed the issue of homelessness in San Diego. For his efforts, he received several accolades, including the San Diego Public Official of the Year and the National Conflict Resolution Center’s Peacemaker Award.
Seidler and his family were also actively involved in philanthropic endeavors, contributing to medical organizations such as the American Cancer Society and supporting health and wellness activities at The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Peter Seidler is survived by his wife, three children, mother, and nine siblings.