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Former All-Star third baseman Sal Bando, a Cleveland native, dies at 78

Bando, a Warrensville Heights alum, won three World Series with the A's and hit 242 home runs during his career.
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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.

MILWAUKEE — 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.

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Bando, a Cleveland native, 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 and was MVP of the 1965 College World Series, won three straight titles with the A's as their captain 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. He joined the Brewers' front office after his playing career, serving 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."

Bando graduated from Warrensville Heights High School and was inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. His younger brother Chris went to Solon and played nine seasons of his own in the big leagues as a catcher, including parts of eight with the Indians.



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