The baseball world was saddened today with the announcement of the passing of Katy Feeney of what has been reported as “natural causes.”
Feeney, who was the daughter of former National League President Chub Feeney and a niece of New York and San Francisco Giants owner Horace Stoneham, worked for the league since 1977. She moved up the ranked and eventually became Senior Vice President of Scheduling and Club Relations.
“All of us at Major League Baseball are shocked and saddened by the news of Katy’s passing. She was one of the game’s most dedicated executives,” Major League Baseball said in a statement. “Overseeing the schedule, Katy long held one of the most challenging positions in the sport. Be it in that capacity, at the All-Star Game or throughout the Postseason, Katy’s unmatched work ethic allowed her to serve our Clubs with excellence throughout a decorated career. For decades, Katy carried on her family’s great baseball tradition and became a mentor to many young officials. In particular, she was one of the leading pioneers to the female executives of our game. Her friends and colleagues will never forget Katy’s unwavering commitment to Baseball and her many contributions to the National Pastime.”
Although not a household name, many may know her voice as Feeney ran the postseason press conference for the National League. She was the 1994 recipient of the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations excellence, presented annually to the active, non-uniformed representative of Major League Baseball whose ethics, character, dedication, service, professionalism and humanitarianism best represent the standards propounded by the former executive.
Feeney, along with her American League counterpart Phyllis Merhige, retired from Major League Baseball after last season.