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SBD/July 1, 2014/People and Pop Culture
Frank Cashen, Who Led Mets, Orioles To World Series Titles, Dies At Age 88
Published July 1, 2014
LEAVING HIS MARK IN NEW YORK: SNY's Adam Schein said Cashen was "one of the best executives in the history of New York sports." He "understood what it took to win in New York" ("Loud Mouths," SNY, 6/30). MLB.com's Marty Noble wrote Cashen was "one of the last genuine general managers in the game, an executive involved in all phases of franchise operation." He "made decisions about marketing, player personnel, ballpark parking, announcers, the food served in the corporate dining room, television and radio contracts, public relations and the length of the infield grass" (MLB.com, 6/30). In N.Y., Belson & Sandomir write Cashen's death was "another reminder of how good the Mets teams in the middle and late 1980s generally were -- and how no Mets club since has come close to approaching the success and swagger" of the '86 championship group. Cashen's "knack for acquiring talent was uncanny" (N.Y. TIMES, 7/1).
TIME WITH ORIOLES: In Baltimore, Mike Klingaman notes Cashen "led the Orioles for a decade (1966-75)," during which they won four AL pennants and two division championships in addition to two World Series titles. He "recently completed a book highlighting his 25 years in the game." "WINNING IN BOTH LEAGUES: REFLECTIONS FROM BASEBALL'S FRONT OFFICE" is to "be published in September" by the Univ. of Nebraska Press. The Orioles last night "held a moment of silence in Cashen's honor" prior to the team's home game against the Rangers (Baltimore SUN, 7/1).