Friday, January 22, 2010

Bobby Bragan, 92, former major league manager dubbed "Mr. Baseball," dies at Fort Worth home

Bobby Bragan, a former major league manager dubbed "Mr. Baseball" for his decades of dedication to the game, has died.

A statement Friday on the website for the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation announced his death Thursday night at his Fort Worth home. Bragan was 92.

In August 2005, Bragan earned the distinction as the oldest manager of a pro baseball game by leading his former minor league team, the Fort Worth Cats. At the time he was 87.

Bragan, a native of Birmingham, Ala., was a shortstop and catcher during his playing days.

Bragan spent seven seasons as a major league manager for Pittsburgh (1956-57), Cleveland (1958) and the Milwaukee (1963-65) and Atlanta (1966) Braves. He managed Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Warren Spahn, and compiled a record of 443-478.

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