John McHale

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John Joseph McHale, Sr.

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Biographical Information[edit]

1B John McHale was signed by scout Wish Egan and spent his entire playing career (1941-1948) in the Detroit Tigers system. His son Kevin McHale worked for the Expos.

McHale moved into the front office of the Tigers after his playing days. After working under various General Managers he held the job from April 1957 to early 1959. He was then named GM of the Milwaukee Braves in 1959, adding the title of president in 1961. By the end of 1966, McHale apparently was in conflict with VP Paul Richards, possibly because of the trading of Eddie Mathews, which Richards did without McHale's knowledge.

McHale then served in the commissioner's office until becoming president of the expansion Montreal Expos in late 1968. Shortly after joining the Expos, he was considered as a candidate to replace William Eckert as commissioner, but withdrew his name to honor his commitment to the team. He added the title of GM of the Expos from 1978 to 1984. He was GM during the period of the Expos' greatest success, including for their only post-season appearance in the strike-shortened 1981 season. He was an aggressive trader during that period, obtaining key players such as Rodney Scott and Bill Lee in lopsided trades, and Al Oliver in a blockbuster; he was also the last Expo GM in two decades to have the budget to sign first-tier free agents such as Elias Sosa or Pete Rose. Unfortunately, one of his signings, Tim Blackwell cost him a first round draft choice in 1982 for a player who hardly contributed anything. He was replaced as GM by Murray Cook late in the 1984 season when it became clear that the so-called team of the 1980s was not going to win anything. He was replaced as president by Claude Brochu in 1986, but stayed on as Deputy Chairman of the team's Board of Directors until Brochu put together an ownership group to buy the team in 1990.

Late in his life, McHale served on the Veterans Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

McHale's wife Patty is a member of the Briggs family, former owners of the Tigers.

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Preceded by
Muddy Ruel
Detroit Tigers General Manager
Succeeded by
Rick Ferrell
Preceded by
John Quinn
Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves General Manager
Succeeded by
Paul Richards
Preceded by
Charlie Fox
Montreal Expos General Manager
Succeeded by
Murray Cook

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