Former Reds GM Bergesch dies at age 89

Published May. 11, 2011 11:44 p.m. ET

Former Cincinnati Reds general manager Bill Bergesch, who also spent several years in the New York Yankees' front office during a long career as a major league executive, has died. He was 89.

The Yankees say Bergesch died Tuesday at a retirement home in Connecticut.

Bergesch served as the Reds' GM from 1984-87. Some of the players he acquired helped Cincinnati win the World Series in 1990.

Bergesch, a St. Louis native, also held several jobs in a couple of stints with the Yankees, beginning as the traveling secretary and stadium manager in 1964.

He is survived by his son, Robert, of Yarmouth, Maine, daughter, Susan Shanks, of Connecticut, and five grandchildren.