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Lee Landers
Appalachian League


Lee has been president of the Appalachian League since 1996. During his tenure, he has guided his league to a higher plain of national prominence and has aided clubs in obtaining numerous facility improvements. Three of his clubs, Bluefield, Burlington and Greeneville, have been honored by Baseball America with the prestigious Bob Freitas Award in the Short Season classification.

He began his baseball career in 1959 with stops in Fresno and Modesto in California as well as Twin Falls, Idaho. In 1968, Lee went to work for the St. Louis Cardinals as a trainer/traveling secretary in Modesto. He then worked in Little Rock, Tulsa and New Orleans before heading to Springfield, Ill., in 1978.

The St. Louis Cardinals named Landers GM of their new expansion franchise in Springfield in the Midwest League after the 1981 season, when the Triple-A Redbirds moved to Louisville. Lee spent the next dozen seasons as VP/GM of the Cardinals, winning the circuit's Executive of the Year, Promotional Award of Excellence and, for all but three of his 12 years in Springfield, the Midwest League's Gold Award for excellence in operations.

Lee was named Trainer of the Year in the California League, Texas League, Dixie Association and American Association while working for clubs. In 1976, he was honored with the Tulsa Oiler of the Year award, the only time it has ever been given to a non-player.

Lee received the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service as a Minor League President in 2001. In 2008, he was presented the first annual Bowie Kuhn Award from Baseball Chapel. Landers serves on MiLB's prestigious Game Operations and PBUC committees."

Landers was inducted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame in February 1994. Lee resides in Statesville, N.C., with Bobbi, his wife of 50 years. They have five children and nine grandchildren.

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