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Lee MacPhail

Lee MacPhail

Leland Stanford, MacPhail Jr.

  • Born October 25, 1917 in Nashville, TN USA
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1998

Son of fellow Hall of Famer Larry MacPhail, Lee MacPhail served as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees and as American League president. His son Andy built a World Series winner in Minnesota. Another son Lee III was working as the GM of the Reading Phillies when he was killed in a car crash near Reading in 1969. As of 2008, Lee IV was working as the Director of Professional Scouting for the Baltimore Orioles.

After graduating from Swarthmore College, MacPhail was the business manager of the Reading Brooks in 1941. He was the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, then began a long association with the Yankees. He was the business manager then GM of the Kansas City Blues, then midwest farm director for the Yankees. He was Co-farm director, then director of player personnel for the team.

In 1959, MacPhail joined the Orioles as GM and was president of the team from 1960 to 1965. At the time of his departure from Baltimore, MacPhail and his successor, Harry Dalton, were beginning negotiations with the Reds for a blockbuster trade that would bring Frank Robinson to Baltimore; Robinson would lead the Orioles to the 1966 world championship and win the American League Triple Crown and Most Valuable Player award.

After a brief term as top aide to the new commissioner, Eckert, in 1965–66, MacPhail served as the Yankees' general manager from October 14, 1966 to 1974, a rebuilding phase of the Yanks marked by the promotion of Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson to the club, but no pennants or postseason appearances. MacPhail was elected American League President from 1974 to 1984. During his tenure, he oversaw expansion to the Toronto Blue Jays and the Seattle Mariners and was credited with bringing an end to the 1981 baseball strike when he stepped in for the owners to handle stalled negotiations.

MacPhail then replaced Joe Cronin as president of the American League from 1974 to 1983, just long enough to rule on George Brett's infamous "pine tar" home run off of Rich Gossage.

Quote: "Unfortunately, a person with Dad's talent comes along only once every 50 years. I've never thought of imitating him. I inherited neither his genius nor his temper. I'm just an ordinary person." Lee MacPhail.

Trivia: The MacPhails are the only father-son combination in the Hall of Fame.

With the passing of Phil Rizzuto, MacPhail is currently the oldest living Hall-of-Famer.

By BR Bullpen

 

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American League President, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball Executive, Business Manager, Farm Director, General manager, George Brett, Hall of Fame, Larry MacPhail, New York Yankees, Rich Gossage, Team President

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