John McHale, who played on the Detroit Tigers team that won the 1945 World Series and went on to become a longtime baseball executive, has died.
McHale died this morning in a hospice unit near his Florida home. The Detroit native was 86.
A first baseman who played 64 games for the Tigers from 1943-48, McHale made more of an impact in the front office. He was president of the Montreal Expos when they debuted as an expansion team in 1969, and was their general manager.
McHale also was the GM for the Tigers and Braves, and worked in the commissioner's office.
McHale's son, John, is an executive vice president in the commissioner's office. The younger McHale also was president of the Tigers from 1995 through 2001.