Four-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star and three-time World Series champion Sal Bando has died at the age of 78, the league announced Saturday.
It is with great sadness for the Bando family to announce the passing of husband and father Sal, who lost “a battle with cancer that began more than five years ago” on Friday, January 20. said in a statement.
“Sandy, Sal’s wife of 54 years, and sons Sal Jr., Sonny and Steph are sending love to their family, friends and fans as they mourn the loss of a humble and loyal man.”
Bando was a star at Arizona State University before beginning his MLB career with the Kansas City Athletics in 1966.
Bando won three consecutive World Series titles as captain of the Oakland Athletics from 1972-1974. He represented his A in his games in 1969 and his 1972-1974 All-Star.
“We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Athletics Hall of Famer Sal Bando,” the Athletics said in a statement. said in a statement.
“‘Captain Sal’ is affectionately known among A’s devotees, a four-time All-Star, and led the club to three consecutive World Series titles. Our condolences are with his family, friends and fans.”
Bando then went to the Milwaukee Brewers, ending his career in 1981 and moving to a front-office role for the team.
He was promoted to general manager after the 1991 season, a position he held until 1999. He was then named to the Brewers Wall of Honor in 2014.
“Sal has proudly influenced the organization for many years, both as a player and as an official. said in a statement.
“His arrival on the team in 1977 established the first great era of Brewers baseball. My heart goes out to Sal’s loved ones.”
Bando finished his 16-year career with a .254 batting average, 242 homers, and 1,039 RBIs.