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August 30, 1989
Syd Thrift resigned Tuesday as senior vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees after five months, and less than two weeks after Dallas Green was fired as manager. George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, who hired Thrift on March 21, announced the resignation, saying, "He talked to me for a long time earlier today and said that his reasons for leaving the Yankees were personal and as far as I am concerned, they will remain personal."
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Joe L. Brown General manager reshaped Pirates Joe L. Brown, 91, the general manager whose shrewd trading and expert rebuilding of the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system resulted in two World Series championships, died Sunday in Albuquerque after an extended illness. Brown, the son of famed comedian Joe E. Brown and a Newport Beach resident, succeeded Branch Rickey as the Pirates' general manager after a last-place season in 1955. He stayed on through 1976, a span in which the Pirates won the 1960 and 1971 World Series and five National League East titles after division play began in 1969.
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May 30, 1989 | PAT CALABRIA, Newsday
The soft southern drawl oozes from Syd Thrift, like maple syrup out of a bottle, and he weaves a story that takes a turn here, twists there and eventually reaches its destination, although not without a brief stop or two along the way. See, Thrift is a baseball man from the hills of Virginia, easy and unhurried. A necktie knotted to his throat looks out of place, as Syd might say, like earrings on a hog. In a rumpled shirt and slacks, arching his bushy black eyebrows, Thrift looks more like a character out of "Mayberry, R.F.D."
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September 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Syd Thrift, 77, a longtime baseball executive best known as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1985 to 1988 and director of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 1999 to 2002, died Monday night at a hospital in Milford, Del., after undergoing knee replacement surgery earlier in the day. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death. A native of Locust Hill, Va.
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September 20, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Syd Thrift, 77, a longtime baseball executive best known as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1985 to 1988 and director of baseball operations for the Baltimore Orioles from 1999 to 2002, died Monday night at a hospital in Milford, Del., after undergoing knee replacement surgery earlier in the day. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death. A native of Locust Hill, Va.
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October 5, 1988 | United Press International
Syd Thrift, the general manager generally credited with rebuilding the Pittsburgh Pirates, was fired Tuesday by unanimous vote of the franchise's board of directors. The announcement, expected for several days, was made by Pirate President Carl Barger, who reportedly was battling with Thrift for control of the team.
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March 29, 1986 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
The owner of Syd Thrift and Associates, Inc., Realtors, poked through the cartons of bubble gum and chewing tobacco stashed in the Pirate clubhouse here, looking for a package of Red Plug, his favorite chaw. Finally, a clubhouse boy found the right box.
SPORTS
November 8, 1988
Larry Doughty, a former scouting director, will succeed Syd Thrift as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
SPORTS
May 9, 1989
John Candelaria's sore right knee was examined, but a decision on the New York Yankee left-hander's status will be delayed until today. "We have only preliminary results at this time," said Syd Thrift, Yankee vice president of baseball operations. "The studies are not complete." Candelaria, 35, had discomfort in his knee in each of his last two starts. He pitched five innings Friday night in Chicago before leaving in pain. Candelaria did not pitch after Aug. 24 last season because of cartilage damage in the knee.
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April 22, 2001 | JOHN EISENBERG, BALTIMORE SUN
Right away, before the speculation even begins to sprout, let's list the reasons why outgoing Cleveland General Manager John Hart can't become the Orioles' next baseball architect. No. 1, he fired Orioles Manager Mike Hargrove in Cleveland just 17 months ago. Initiating a second marriage so soon after a divorce could be tricky, although the two chatted amiably and at length on the field before Thursday's game at Camden Yards. More importantly, No.
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May 4, 1990 | HARLEY TINKHAM
Syd Thrift, former general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, is an amazing man. At least, that's the impression he gives you in his book, "The Game According to Syd." Consider this paragraph: "When I watch a baseball game, my concentration is so great that I get into an altered state where things move slower, allowing me to understand them better. I visualize what happens before it occurs, the way an artist envisions a completed painting before he picks up a brush."
SPORTS
August 30, 1989
Syd Thrift resigned Tuesday as senior vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees after five months, and less than two weeks after Dallas Green was fired as manager. George Steinbrenner, owner of the Yankees, who hired Thrift on March 21, announced the resignation, saying, "He talked to me for a long time earlier today and said that his reasons for leaving the Yankees were personal and as far as I am concerned, they will remain personal."
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May 30, 1989 | PAT CALABRIA, Newsday
The soft southern drawl oozes from Syd Thrift, like maple syrup out of a bottle, and he weaves a story that takes a turn here, twists there and eventually reaches its destination, although not without a brief stop or two along the way. See, Thrift is a baseball man from the hills of Virginia, easy and unhurried. A necktie knotted to his throat looks out of place, as Syd might say, like earrings on a hog. In a rumpled shirt and slacks, arching his bushy black eyebrows, Thrift looks more like a character out of "Mayberry, R.F.D."
SPORTS
May 9, 1989
John Candelaria's sore right knee was examined, but a decision on the New York Yankee left-hander's status will be delayed until today. "We have only preliminary results at this time," said Syd Thrift, Yankee vice president of baseball operations. "The studies are not complete." Candelaria, 35, had discomfort in his knee in each of his last two starts. He pitched five innings Friday night in Chicago before leaving in pain. Candelaria did not pitch after Aug. 24 last season because of cartilage damage in the knee.
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July 15, 1988 | Jim Murray
When a team is going bad, the thing to do is, go out and comb the bushes, try to find the heavy hitter or the junk pitcher the opposition has overlooked, somebody who can save the franchise, return the club to past glories and future triumphs. Usually, what you look for in these cases is another Babe Ruth or, in this case, another Roberto Clemente. Certainly, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1985 qualified as a piece of distressed baseball real estate. The franchise sank as low as one can--last place.
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May 4, 1990 | HARLEY TINKHAM
Syd Thrift, former general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, is an amazing man. At least, that's the impression he gives you in his book, "The Game According to Syd." Consider this paragraph: "When I watch a baseball game, my concentration is so great that I get into an altered state where things move slower, allowing me to understand them better. I visualize what happens before it occurs, the way an artist envisions a completed painting before he picks up a brush."
SPORTS
November 8, 1988
Larry Doughty, a former scouting director, will succeed Syd Thrift as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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October 5, 1988 | United Press International
Syd Thrift, the general manager generally credited with rebuilding the Pittsburgh Pirates, was fired Tuesday by unanimous vote of the franchise's board of directors. The announcement, expected for several days, was made by Pirate President Carl Barger, who reportedly was battling with Thrift for control of the team.
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