Former Athletics Captain Sal Bando’s Cause of Death Released
Former Oakland A’s three-time World Series champ Sal Bando’s cause of death was confirmed by his family who confirmed his death on Friday night (January 20, 2023). He was 78.
His family released a statement on Saturday to confirm the heartbreaking news. “It is with a heavy heart, the Bando family is sad to announce the passing of its beloved husband and father, Sal, who last night lost his battle with cancer that began over five years ago.”
“Sandy, Sal’s wife of 54 years, and sons Sal Jr., Sonny and Stef, send their love to family, friends and fans who mourn the loss of a humble and faithful man,” the statement read.
Salvatore Leonard Bando was born on February 13, 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. He played in Major League Baseball as a third baseman from 1966 to 1981, mostly as the team captain for the Oakland Athletics dynasty. With the team, they won three consecutive World Series championships between 1972 and 1974.
A four-time All-Star player, Sal averaged 23 home runs and 90 runs batted in over an 8-year span. Although Bando was usually overshadowed by his contemporary, HoF third baseman Brooks Robinson, Sal finished second, third, and fourth in the American League Most Valuable Player Award voting from 1971 to 1974.
Bando ended his playing career with the Milwaukee Brewers. After his playing career, he served as a special assistant with the Brewers before serving as the team’s general manager from 1991 until 1999.
The talented player was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013. He was inducted into the Oakland Athletics Hall of Fame in 2022.
The Kansas City Athletics took Bando in the sixth round of the inaugural Draft in 1965. Sal was in the Majors the following year, starting an A’s tenure in which he made 4 All-Star teams and 3 times finished in the top five in American League MVP.
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Cancer Reported Sal Bando’s Cause of Death
Cancer was reported as former Athletics star and World Series champion Sal Bando’s cause of death at the age of 78. He died in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin on Friday after a five-year battle with cancer.
After retiring from playing, he transitioned into a broadcasting job with NBC and a front-office role with the Brewers. Bando served as Milwaukee’s general manager from 1991 to 1999. In 2022, Bando was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame.
From 2001 to 2008, Bando’s son, Sal Bando, Jr., served as the head baseball coach at High Point University. Since 2010 Bando Jr. has been the head baseball coach at Marquette University High School, guiding the team to two straight state championship appearances in his two seasons there.
His younger brother Chris Bando was a catcher for the Cleveland Indians. Sal Bando was a Roman Catholic and was involved in some Catholic organizations
When the sad news of Sal Bando’s death was revealed, his friends and fans quickly flooded social media with tribute messages. Many fans also took to Twitter to pay touching tributes to him.
“Our hearts are broken by the passing of our Captain and our friend. Sal was a pillar of strength who also had a huge heart. He was unwaveringly loyal and beloved by his teammates and those who worked with him when he moved into the front office,” Wendy Selig-Prieb and Laurel Prieb said in a statement.
“We cherish the times we had together and the many wonderful memories he leaves us with. Our hearts and prayers are with Sandy, Sal Jr., Sonny, Stef and their families,” they added.
Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Sal Bando. Sal impacted the organization proudly for many years as both a player and as an executive.”
Schlesinger continued: “His addition to the team in 1977 helped establish the first great era of Brewers baseball. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sal’s loved ones.”
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