Mincher named 'King of Baseball'

Southern League president honored for dedication, service

By Minor League Baseball | December 9, 2010 1:18 PM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Southern League president Don Mincher was named the "2010 King of Baseball" on Thursday night at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet. The "King of Baseball" is a long-standing tradition in which Minor League Baseball salutes a veteran from the professional baseball world for long-time dedication and service.

Mincher, who has been involved in baseball for more than a half century, has presided over the Double-A Southern League since 2000. He has been in the league since 1984, when he became general manager of the Huntsville Stars. Ten years later, Mincher was part of a group that purchased the club.

A 13-year Major Leaguer, Mincher capped his playing career by winning a World Series ring as a member of the Oakland Athletics in 1972. The two-time American League All-Star hit 200 home runs during his big league career with the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers and A's.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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