3-Time World Series Champ Passes Away

A sixteen-year veteran, four-time All-Star, and one of the key contributors to the Oakland Athletics three-peat dynasty of the 1970s, third baseman Sal Bando has passed away at the age of 78. 

The A's confirmed in a statement that Bando had been battling cancer for over five years.

In the 1973 season, the second of three World Championships for the A's, Bando led the American League in doubles (32) and total bases (295), while batting .287 with 29 HR and 98 RBIs, and playing in all 162 games. He finished in the Top 5 in MVP balloting three times. 

Bando served as the team leader and the "Captain" of that A's dynasty. 

After 11 years in Oakland, Bando moved to the Milwaukee Brewers, where he played five seasons and went on to become the team's general manager. 

His contemporaries, and Hall of Famers, paid their respects on social media. 

Bando finished his exceptional career with 242 home runs, 1,039 RBIs, and ranks 15th all-time in assists by a 3B with 3,720, and his 1,896 games played rank 17th. 

Rest in peace to one of the game's greats.