Sad to announce that the former president of the Appy League and a longtime Minor League Baseball executive Lee Landers’ cause of death was revealed immediately after his death news was announced.
Appalachian League president Lee Landers passed away on Monday, May 17. He was 83, and he passed away due to natural causes.
US day News doesn’t confirm or refuse this reason for his death, but we are waiting for more official information, so stay with us.
Some of his achievements included winning the Executive of the Year fame and the Promotional Award of Excellence when he was the manager of the Springfield Cardinals. He was named the Vice President of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986.
During the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando in 2017, Landers was named the 2017 King of Baseball, an honor that approves a veteran of professional baseball for longtime dedication and service.
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Appy League Lee Landers’ Cause of Death Revealed
It is reported that Lee Landers’ cause of death was due to natural causes. But it is not confirmed yet.
In 1996, Landers became the Appalachian League President. In 2019, he was inducted into the Appalachian League Hall of Fame. “Lee transformed the Appalachian League and really took the league to new heights in his 23 years at the helm,” the current Appalachian League president, Dan Moushon, said.
“Lee was a tremendous leader, a mentor to so many and a friend to everyone he met in his 60 years in professional baseball. He was truly beloved by all.”
He started his professional career in baseball in 1959 in Fresno. It included stops in Modesto, New Orleans, Little Rock, Twin Falls, Tulsa, and Springfield, Ill., where he was selected as general manager of the Springfield Cardinals after the 1981 season.
The legend received Executive of the Year honors and the Promotional Award of Excellence during his 12-year tenure with Springfield. He was the winner of the Midwest League’s Gold Award for excellence in operations nine times!
Lee Landers was honored with the Warren Giles Award for notable service as a Minor League president in 2001 after taking the controls of the Appalachian League in 1996.
In 2008, he was presented the first annual Bowie Kuhn Award from Baseball Chapel. He had four of his Appalachian League teams honored with the Bob Freitas Award for the Short Season classification.
He also served on the Umpire Development committees and Minor League Baseball‘s Game Operations. In 1994, he was accepted into the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame and, in 2019, the Appalachian League Hall of Fame.
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Reactions to Lee Landers’ Death
Following the tragic news, several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites.
A user tweeted: “Heartbroken to hear the passing of @AppyLeague President Emeritus, Lee Landers. In 2018, I wrote to the legendary
@MiLB exec to wish him well on his retirement and included a fan art piece. In return— a personalized #appyleague ball. Simply the best. #itisfuntobeafan @bensbiz”
Another wrote: “Lee Landers was a great man, mentor and friend. He gave me confidence that I could work in this industry and was the truly one of the nicest people you’d ever meet. He will be missed greatly.”
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