Alexander Sebastian Campanis
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Al Campanis, who played briefly in the major leagues and later worked to build championship teams for the Dodgers as an executive, died on June 21, 1998 in Fullerton, Calif. He was 81.
The cause of death was listed as coronary artery disease.
His major league career lasted just seven games and he hit .100 in 20 at-bats. As a general manager for the Dodgers, he helped to put together teams that won four pennants and the 1981 World Series.
Campanis, however, ran into trouble over comments he made during a debate on race and sport on ABC's "Nightline" in 1987. In response to a question from host Ted Koppel, Campanis said black individuals "may not have some of the necessities to be, let's say, a field manager, or perhaps a general manager."
The next day, Campanis apologized. A day later, the team replaced Campanis.
At the time of Campanis' comments, only 2 percent of baseball front office employees were minorities, according to an Associated Press story. In 1989, that number had improved to 15 percent.
Campanis was the Dodgers' general manager from 1968 to 1987. He had also served as the organization's scouting director.
Campanis was born in Greece and came to the U.S. when he was six years old. He graduated from New York University in 1940.
Source: Associated Press obituary