Sal Bando died on Saturday at the age of 78. He was a four-time All-Star in Major League Baseball (MLB) and a three-time World Series champion.
“It is with a heavy heart the Bando family is sad to announce the passing of their husband and father, Sal,” who on Friday, January 20, lost “his battle with cancer that began over five years ago,” the Bando family said in a statement.
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“Sal’s wife of 54 years, Sandy, and his three sons, Sal Jr., Sonny, and Stef, send their love to his family, friends, and fans who are saddened by his death.”
Bando was a big deal at Arizona State University before he joined the Kansas City Athletics of Major League Baseball in 1966.
Bando was the captain of the Oakland Athletics from 1972 to 1974, when they won the World Series three times in a row. He played in the All-Star game for the A’s in 1969, 1972–1974, and 1975.
The Athletics said in a statement, “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Athletics Hall of Famer Sal Bando,”
“The fans of the A’s called him “Captain Sal,” He was an All-Star four times and led the team to three straight World Series titles. His family, friends, and fans have our deepest condolences.”
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Then, Bando moved to the Milwaukee Brewers, where his career ended in 1981, and took a job in the front office.
After the 1991 season, he was made the general manager, which he did until 1999. In 2014, he was added to the Brewers’ Wall of Honor.
Rick Schlesinger, the president of business operations for the Brewers, said in a statement, “Sal impacted the organization proudly for many years as both a player and as an executive,”
“When he joined the team in 1977, it was the start of the first great time for the Brewers. Our hearts go out to Sal’s family and friends. Bando played baseball for 16 years and had a batting average of.254, hit 242 home runs and drove in 1,039 runs.
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