Former Phillies GM Lee Thomas passes away at 86

Former Philadelphia Phillies general manager Lee Thomas has died at the age of 86.

Thomas was known for helping the Phillies rebound from being the worst team in the league to reaching the World Series in 1993.

A great man

“Lee was a great man and will be missed incredibly,” Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles, then the club president, said in a statement.

“I will never forget all the fun we had watching the 1993 Phillies National League championship team that he put together. Through his leadership, Lee has left an indelible mark on Phillies history,” he added.

“Lee was a great man and will be missed incredibly,” Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles said. “I will never forget all the fun we had watching the 1993 Phillies National League championship team that he put together. Through his leadership, Lee has left an indelible mark on Phillies history. My love goes out to his wife, Susie, and his entire family.”

A former MLB All-Star

“A former All-Star who played both outfield and first base, Thomas spent eight major league seasons with the New York Yankees (1961), Los Angeles Angels (1961-64), Boston Red Sox (1964-65), Atlanta Braves (1966), Chicago Cubs (1966-67) and Houston Astros (1968),” his obituary noted.

“He hit 106 home runs in 1,027 career games, clubbing 20 or more four times,” it added.

In addition to his time as general manager in Philadelphia, Thomas was the special assistant to the general manager with the Boston Red Sox and served in roles with Milwaukee and Baltimore.

Thomas is survived by his wife Susie and four sons Matthew, Scott, Deron, and Daryl.

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