Former minor league executive George Sisler Jr. dies at 89

Updated: January 2, 2007, 4:42 PM ET

Associated Press


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- George Sisler Jr., a former president of the International League and executive of three minor league baseball teams, has died. He was 89.

Sisler, the son of Hall of Famer George Sisler, had Alzheimer's disease and died Sunday at Sunrise, an assisted-living facility in suburban Worthington, daughter Nancy Sisler Schools said.

Sisler was general manager of the Columbus Red Birds, Rochester Red Wings and Columbus Clippers. He was president of the International League from 1966-76 and served as vice president after he retired from the Clippers in 1989.

While with the Clippers, the team won league championships in 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1987 and Western Division titles in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984. He was a four-time winner of the IL Executive of the Year.

His father, a first baseman, had a .340 average in 15 years in the majors, including .407 in 1920 and .420 in 1922, while playing for the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Boston Braves. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 and managed the Browns for three seasons while he played for them.

George Sisler Jr.'s brothers Dick and Dave also played in the majors. Dick Sisler played eight seasons with St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cincinnati and managed the Reds in 1964-1965. Dave Sisler pitched seven seasons for Boston, Detroit, Washington and Cincinnati.

He is survived by two daughters.

Burial will be Jan. 13 in Albany, Ga.

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