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Major League Executive With Ties To Greenwich Dies In Plane Crash

Major League Baseball executive Susanne Hilgefort and her husband Michael Mydlarz died in a plane crash over the weekend. They own property in Greenwich and Stamford.
Major League Baseball executive Susanne Hilgefort and her husband Michael Mydlarz died in a plane crash over the weekend. They own property in Greenwich and Stamford. Photo Credit: Facebook

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A Stamford resident and Major League Baseball executive and her husband with deep ties in Greenwich, were two of three people killed in a small plane crash Saturday near Albany, N.Y., according to Greenwich Time.

Susanne Hilgefort, 48, and her husband, Michael Mydlarz, 50, died along with another unidentified person, said Greenwich Time.

Hilgefort, who attended Greenwich High School from 1982-85, owns property in Greenwich and Stamford, added Greenwich Time.

The Albany Times-Union said that Hilgefort, a longtime league employee, served as senior director of broadcasting business affairs.

“Susanne was a warm and caring person who lived life to the fullest," Commissioner Rob Manfred said on the MLB website . "She was an avid world traveler who loved spending time outdoors. When indoors at 245 Park (MLB’s headquarters), Susanne always brought joy to those around her with her enormous smile, energy and positive outlook day in and day out. She made a lasting contribution to our game and will be sorely missed."

She began her baseball career in 1994, as manager of production and programming for The Baseball Network, said Greenwich Time.

"Susanne played a key role in the significant growth of MLB's media business over the past 20 years -- both at the national and local levels," said Chris Tully, her supervisor and MLB's executive vice president of media, on the MLB website. "She will be remembered not only as a valued colleague, but also as a great friend who had a remarkable zest for life."

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