Former All-Star third baseman Sal Bando dies at 78

Jan 20, 2023, 10:45 PM | Updated: Jan 21, 2023, 12:54 pm
FILE - Oakland Athletics Sal Bando slams a double to center field in the sixth inning to score team...

FILE - Oakland Athletics Sal Bando slams a double to center field in the sixth inning to score teammate Allan Lewis and the winning run in the final game of World Series against Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Ohio, on, Oct. 22, 1972. Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, died Friday night, Jan. 20, 2023, in Oconomowoc, Wis., according to a statement from his family. He was 78. (AP Photo/File)

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              FILE - Former Milwaukee Brewers general manager Sal Bando answers questions at a press conference in Milwaukee on, Aug. 12, 1999. Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, died Friday night, Jan. 20, 2023, in Oconomowoc, Wis., according to a statement from his family. He was 78. (AP Photo/Gary Dineen, File
            
              FILE- Oakland Athletic's Sal Bando, top, jumps on the heap as the jubilant A's whoop it up on the field after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers to win baseball's World Series, on Oct. 17, 1974, in Oakland, Calif. Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, died Friday night, Jan. 20, 2023, in Oconomowoc, Wis., according to a statement from his family. He was 78.  (AP Photo/File)
            
              FILE - Umpire Tom Gorman signals out after Oakland Athletic's Sal Bando, left, collided with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager at home plate during a baseball game in Los Angeles on Oct. 12, 1973. Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, died Friday night, Jan. 20, 2023, in Oconomowoc, Wis., according to a statement from his family. He was 78. (AP Photo/File)
            
              FILE - Oakland Athletics Sal Bando slams a double to center field in the sixth inning to score teammate Allan Lewis and the winning run in the final game of World Series against Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Ohio, on, Oct. 22, 1972. Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, died Friday night, Jan. 20, 2023, in Oconomowoc, Wis., according to a statement from his family. He was 78. (AP Photo/File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Sal Bando, a three-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and former Milwaukee Brewers executive, has died. He was 78.

According to a statement from his family, Bando died Friday night in Oconomowoc. The family said the former third baseman lost a battle with cancer that began over five years ago.

“Sandy, Sal’s wife of 54 years, and sons Sal Jr., Sonny and Stef, send their love to family, friends and fans who mourn the loss of a humble and faithful man,” the family said in the statement.

Bando hit .254 with 242 homers and 1,039 RBIs in 16 seasons with the Athletics and Brewers. The four-time All-Star, who also starred for Arizona State in college, won three straight titles with the A’s from 1972-74.

Bando spent his last five seasons with Milwaukee, playing on the franchise’s first winning team in 1978 and its first postseason team in 1981.

The Cleveland native joined the Brewers’ front office after his playing career. He served as the team’s sixth general manager from October 1991 to August 1999.

“Sal impacted the organization proudly for many years as both a player and as an executive. His addition to the team in 1977 helped establish the first great era of Brewers baseball,” said Rick Schlesinger, the president of business operations for Milwaukee. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sal’s loved ones.”

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