Lee MacPhail

Lee MacPhail

Birth
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 8 Nov 2012 (aged 95)
Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 100425484 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Executive. Born Leland Stanford McPhail, Jr., his father (Leland Stanford "Larry" MacPhail, Sr.) was a pioneering Major League Baseball executive whose influence shaped the game as we know it today. After graduating from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, he began his lengthy association in baseball with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League, prior to moving onto the New York Yankees (1949 to 1959), serving as Farm Director and Player Personnel Director. During his tenure at that capacity, the Yankees experienced their most successful period in franchise history, as they captured nine American League Pennants, which included 7 world championships, with the likes of Hall of Fame players Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford. MacPhail moved onto the Baltimore Orioles in 1959 and turned what was perhaps one of the lowliest teams of that era into a dynasty. The foundation he contributed to before his departure in 1965, went onto clinch four American League Pennants, including two world championships during the years from 1966 until 1971. His efforts were acknowledged, when he was named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News in 1966. He returned to the Yankees and served as their general manager from 1967 to 1973, prior to succeeding Joe Cronin as president of the American League (1974 to 1983). During his years at that capacity, expansion saw the addition of the Toronto Blue Jays' and Seattle Mariners' franchises in 1977. MacPhail was hands-on in negotiations to end the 1981 baseball strike which crippled that season and in 1983, he ruled over the pine tar incident which involved star player George Brett. MacPhail was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, thus earning him the distinction as being part of the only father and son combination to be enshrined in Cooperstown to date.

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  • Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 9 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100425484
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lee MacPhail (25 Oct 1917–8 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100425484, ; Maintained by C.S. (contributor 46798780) Unknown.