Longtime scout LaMacchia dies at 89
Al LaMacchia, a former executive with the Blue Jays during their World Series championships and a longtime scout for several teams including the Los Angeles Dodgers, died Wednesday. He was 89.
Dodgers spokesman Josh Rawitch said LaMacchia died at his home in San Antonio following a stroke on Sept. 4.
''Al was the epitome of a baseball scout. He loved the game and the people in it,'' Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. ''Knowing that Al was always available to help with a player or a thought process was always a comforting combination. I found his wisdom of life and baseball to be rare.''
LaMacchia pitched in 16 games for his hometown St. Louis Browns (1943, 1945-46) and the Washington Senators (1946) after 16 seasons as a pitcher in the minor leagues, including a 15-2 mark for San Antonio in the Texas League in 1942.
He scouted for the Braves organization from 1961-1976, and later for the Devils Rays and finally for the Dodgers, beginning in 2002. He joined the Toronto organization at its inception, in 1977, and was a vice president when the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and 1993.
LaMacchia was born on July 22, 1921, in St. Louis.
The Dodgers said players he scouted or signed included Dale Murphy, George Bell, Cito Gaston, Dave Stieb and David Wells. He touted Double-A outfielder Andre Ethier to Colletti before the Dodgers acquired him from Oakland in 2005.
Funeral arrangements were pending.