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McHale, first Expos president, dies at 86

Updated: January 17, 2008, 2:51 PM ET
Associated Press

PALM CITY, Fla. -- John McHale, who played on the Detroit Tigers team that won the 1945 World Series and went on to become a longtime baseball executive, has died. He was 86.

McHale died Thursday morning in a hospice unit near his home in Palm City.

A first baseman who played 64 games for the Tigers from 1943-48, McHale made more of an impact in the front office. He was president of the Montreal Expos when they debuted as an expansion team in 1969, and was their general manager.

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