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Bill Bergesch, Executive for Yankees and Mets, Dies at Age 89

Bill Bergesch, who held a series of front-office jobs for the New York Yankees in four decades, died two days ago at a retirement home in Stamford, Connecticut, at the age of 89, the team said.

Bergesch was traveling secretary and stadium manager from 1964 until 1967 and returned to the Major League Baseball team in 1978 as director of scouting. Two years later, he became vice president of baseball operations until he resigned in 1984.

From 1991-92, Bergesch was assistant general manager under Gene Michael and then became a senior adviser in baseball operations until 1994.

Bergesch, who graduated from Washington University in 1946, began his baseball career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1947 as general manager for farm teams.

He was assistant general manager of the Kansas City Athletics before joining the New York Mets organization in 1961, establishing the team’s farm system and hiring scouts before the club’s inaugural 1962 season.

Bergesch was general manager of the Cincinnati Reds in 1984-87.

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