SBD/November 12, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Baseball HOFer, Former AL President, Yankees And Orioles GM Lee MacPhail Dies At 95
Published November 12, 2012
GUIDING LIGHT: MLB Commissioner BUD SELIG said in a statement, “Lee MacPhail was one of the great executives in Baseball history and a Hall of Famer in every sense, both personally and professionally. I had great admiration for Lee as American League President, and he was respected and liked by everyone with whom he came in contact. His hallmarks were dignity, common sense and humility” (MLB). Baseball writer Murray Chass wrote MLB has "never had an abundance of honest, candid people, and now there is one less" (MURRAYCHASS.com, 11/11). MLB.com's Marty Noble wrote MacPhail was "baseball's King Solomon; he understood the greater good of the game and worked for it." Neither "conservative nor liberal in his baseball politics, he helped usher in the designated-hitter rule, presided over the expansion of the American League, was the integral force in the settlement of the protracted players' strike in 1981 and used his considerable influence to bring Interleague Play to the fore" (MLB.com, 11/9).