After playing football for the storied Notre Dame Fighting Irish, John McHale toiled for parts of five seasons with the Detroit Tigers, suiting up for a career-high 39 games with the club in 1947. He would become the Tigers’ assistant farm director the following year, and eventually rise through the ranks to become club’s general manager in 1957. He would hold that post until the Milwaukee Braves tabbed him as their new president and GM in 1959. He would later oversee the Braves’ move to Atlanta in 1966.

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