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Bobby Bragan
Born: 10/30/17 in Birmingham, Al.
(Photo credit: Texas League)

01/22/2009 8:01 PM ET

Bragan was 'Mr. Baseball'

Bobby Bragan, who died Thursday at the age of 92, spent more than seven colorful decades in the sport he loved, including stints as a player, coach, manager and executive, including tenures as Texas League president and president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.

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Remembering Bobby Bragan 

Bobby Bragan served as Texas League president from 1969-75, leaving only to become president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.


Quotes

“I don't know what part of the game he didn't touch, either by working in it or exerting influence over it.”

Pat O'Conner, president of MiLB

“Bobby was very competitive, but he was also a showman and had a real outgoing personality. I think that's why he was able to transition so well to the business side of the game.”

Tom Kayser, Texas League president

“I just think his life was really remarkable. To have played and participated in so many different roles and stay active and energized all the way to the age of 92, and to contribute to society and do the things that he did, was remarkable.”

Jim Sundberg, Texas Rangers vice president

“There are a lot of people who you can say are an ambassador to the game of baseball, but nobody did it better than Bobby.”

Tom Grieve, longtime Texas Rangers player, executive, broadcaster

Career Highlights

Summary of Accomplishments

  • Began his pro career with the Panama City Pelicans in 1937
  • Made his Major League debut playing shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1940
  • Worked as a manager in the Minors for parts of five seasons in the 1950s
  • Named manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1956
  • Posted winning records as manager of the Milwaukee Braves from 1963-65
  • Became first manager of the Atlanta Braves in 1966
  • Named president of the Texas League in 1969, a role in which he thrived for seven years
  • Became president of the NAPBL in 1976
  • Moved NAPBL headquarters into improved facility
  • Developed a new system for baseball employers and employees to connect
  • Maintained the Minors' place in baseball during MLB's expansion era
  • Established a youth foundation in 1991 that has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships
  • At 87, became the oldest man to manage a pro baseball team -- and to be ejected from a pro game
  • Inducted to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005