Sal Bando, who won three World Series with the Oakland A’s, dies at 78

Sal Bando, who spent the last five seasons of a decorated playing career with the Milwaukee Brewers and then held the role of general manager of the franchise for another eight seasons, died Friday at the age of 78 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

A statement from his family said Bando had been battling cancer for five years.

The three-time World Series champion who plays with the Oakland Athletics made four All-Star teams during his playing days with the A’s and signed a five-year, $1.5 million contract with the Brewers after the 1976 season, the first premier free- agency additions in Brewer’s history.

Bando hit .254 with 242 homers and 1,039 RBI in 16 seasons with the Athletics and Brewers. He won three straight titles with the A’s from 1972-74.

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