Don Mincher dies at 73

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Former Southern League president and Major League Baseball player Don Mincher has died after a long illness. He was 73.

Southern League vice president Lori Webb says Mincher passed away Sunday at his Huntsville home.

Mincher spent 13 years in the major leagues and was a two-time American League All-Star.

He played for the 1972 World Series champion Oakland Athletics and had stints with the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Texas Rangers, Seattle Pilots and Washington Senators.
Mincher served as general manager, broadcaster and owner of the Double-A Huntsville Stars, a Southern League franchise.

He retired as Southern League president last October after holding the post since 2000. The league named Mincher its president-emeritus.