Lee MacPhail, the former president of the American League and onetime Orioles general manager, died on Thursday night in Delray Beach, Florida at 95.
MacPhail, who was the oldest living Hall of Famer, was the father of Andy MacPhail, the Orioles’ team president from 2007-11. One of the main reasons Andy MacPhail gave for leaving the Orioles was to spend more time with his ailing father.
Lee MacPhail was the son of Larry MacPhail, who ran the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. The elder MacPhail was also a Hall of Famer.
As general manager of the Orioles from 1959-65, MacPhail is credited with helping build the team’s first World Series winner in 1966. He moved on to the commissioner’s office for a short time and then was the GM of the Yankees from 1967-73 before serving as AL president from 1974-84.
MacPhail was credited with helping to end the 1981 baseball strike.