Bill Lajoie, a longtime baseball scout and executive who helped
assemble one of the most dominant teams in modern history, the 1984
Detroit Tigers, reportedly has died at age 76.

FOXSports.com cited a close associate who said Lajoie passed away in
his sleep Tuesday.

Lajoie spent more than 50 years in the game, from his days as a minor
league outfielder to his final job as a senior advisor to Pirates
general manager Neal Huntington the last two seasons.

But he is best known for his work with the Tigers. He was named
general manager in Detroit in 1984 and in his first season oversaw a
team that got off to a 35-5 start and finished 104-58 in the regular
season before cruising to a World Series title.
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