KANSAS CITY, Mo. ? Talk to people who know John Sherman and three points come up over and over again: He?s a meticulous businessman, he is deeply devoted to Kansas City and, even given his stature in the community, he?s private about his endeavors.
?I get involved in a lot of different charitable organizations and they (Sherman and his wife, Marny) have always been incredibly philanthropic,? said Perry Brandt, a top Kansas City business lawyer who was once neighbors with Sherman and whose children went to school together. ?They?re always very quiet about it. Sometimes people who are philanthropic wear it on their sleeve and they?re always very quiet about it.?
And so it was both surprising and not at the same time when word emerged publicly last week that a group led by Sherman was in talks to buy the Kansas City Royals.