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  • Don Mincher, Matty Alou and Dick Williams pass away

    Don Mincher, who spent a big chunk of his career with the Twins, spent one full season and parts of two years with the As. In 1970, while with Oakland, he hit 27 home runs--a career high.

    HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Don Mincher, the gentlemanly figure synonymous with Huntsville baseball for a half-century, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 73.

    Crowned in 2010 as "King of Baseball," the highest honor in Minor League Baseball, he was unique in baseball history in the various roles he held, from player to team owner to league president.

    "I'm proud of my career," he once said, "but I'd like to be recognized not only for what I did as a player, but doing other things in the game."
    Read more:

    http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/03/..._baseball.html

    Alou played part of one season with the squad, hitting .281 in 32 games. In acquiring him, the Athletics sent Bill Voss to the Cardinals--and the A's reaped the rewards. He helped the team reach the World Series that year, hitting .381 with four doubles and two RBI in that year's ALCS. He was later sent to the Yankees for a couple ho-hum players.

    Santo Domingo.- One of the most inconic Major League Baseball greats from the Dominican Republic, Mateo Rojas Alou (Matty Alou) died early Thursday in Miami of unspecified ailment.

    Alou, one of the famous brothers Jesus and Felipe, who all started with the San Francisco Giants in the 1060s, crowned his career while playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1969, when he won that National League Batting title with an average of .342.

    Dominican Olympic Committee president Luisin Mejia made the announcement on Channel 9 Thursday morning.
    http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/spo...-dies-in-Miami

    Finally, Dick Williams passed away a while ago, but I never reported his death here. I'm surprised no one else brought it up, as he led the club to two straight World Series victories. The Hall of Famer managed the A's at the same time that Alou was playing for them, as well as in 1971 and 1973. He won at least 93 games each season, finishing first each year.

    Dick Williams, the hard-nosed Hall of Fame manager who achieved the rare feat of taking three different teams to the World Series, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 82.

    His death was reported by Major League Baseball on its Web site. The cause was believed to be a brain aneurysm.
    Read more:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/sp...ies-at-82.html

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    Thanks for sharing the info, Cowtipper. I had meant to post the passing of Williams a while back - got sidetracked I guess.
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      My Dad took me and my brother and sisters to see the Oakland A's play the White Sox in Chicago in the 70s, when Don Mincher was with the A's! He hit a towering home run to right field and led the A's to a win! Sorry to hear he passed on!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by anna View Post
        My Dad took me and my brother and sisters to see the Oakland A's play the White Sox in Chicago in the 70s, when Don Mincher was with the A's! He hit a towering home run to right field and led the A's to a win! Sorry to hear he passed on!
        I wish I was born in the 70's so I don't remember any baseball from then - Wish I was around to see some of those great A's teams back in the day.
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