Originally written on Full Spectrum Baseball  |  Last updated 10/15/14

2 May 1997: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner watches pensively at the 123rd Kentucky Derky at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
A widely respected true man of baseball has passed away. Lee MacPhail was a primary representative of the second generation of MacPhails, a family that has served the game since the 1930s and still remains involved to this day. He died Thursday at age 95 in Delray Beach, Florida. MacPhail understood the greater good of the game and worked for it. He helped usher in the designated-hitter rule, presided over the expansion of the American League, was a force in the settlement of the 1981 players’ strike and used his influence to bring Interleague Play to the fore. Before that, he was general manager of the Orioles and Yankees. Whatever MacPhail did, he did with class and dignity. George Steinbrenner once said, “You don’t want to be against MacPhail on an important issue too many times because you start to look bad if you are.” MacPhail earned a place in the Hall of Fame, in 1998. He and his father, Larry (who guided the Reds, Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers) are the lone father-s...
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