Glass bestowed with Surprise honor

Glass bestowed with Surprise honor

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals owner David Glass was inducted into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

He was honored before the Cactus League game between the Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Ariz.

Mark Coronado, director of the complex, recalled that Glass sealed the deal to make Surprise the Royals' Spring Training home with a handshake in 2000.

The Royals and the Texas Rangers were the original occupants and have shared the facility since 2003.

"In 2000, when the city of Surprise and the residents of this area stepped up and said, 'Look, if these teams will do it, we will build it. And if we build it, the people here will support it.' And I've got to tell you, we've been here six years and it's been a great six years," Glass told the crowd.

"This is the nicest Spring Training facility I've ever been in, and it's a credit to the community and all of you."

Manager Trey Hillman and the Royals players formed a backdrop as Glass received his induction plaque from Coronado.

Glass and Rangers owner Tom Hicks were chosen last year as co-recipients of the first Hall of Fame awards.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.