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Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald (Baseball. Born, Staten Island, July 5, 1929.) Joining the newly-minted Mets as a statistician in 1962, Joseph A. McDonald was the team’s general manager for over five years (1974-80). McDonald, a Fordham graduate (1951), moved to the farm department in 1963, became its director, and was promoted to general manager Oct. 1, 1974. He was replaced Feb. 21, 1980, by Frank Cashen, after the club was sold. Considered an authority on the game’s arcane player-personnel rules (the so-called “blue book”), McDonald was retained by Cashen as vice president, baseball operations, but eventually left to become an executive with St. Louis. Earlier, he had been associated with golf promoter Fred Corcoran.

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