Roland Hemond, former White Sox, Orioles general manager and longtime MLB executive, dies at 92

Roland Hemond, former White Sox, Orioles general manager and longtime MLB executive, dies at 92

Roland Hemond, a longtime MLB executive who served as general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, has died at the age of 92.

A native of Central Falls, Rhode Island, Hemond started his career in baseball in 1951 with the minor league Hartford (Conn.) Chiefs.

After working for the Milwaukee Braves and Los Angeles Angels, Hemond was hired as the White Sox GM in 1973 and was named MLB’s Executive of the Year twice. He left the White Sox in 1985, resurfacing three years later as GM of the Orioles — a position he held for seven years.

Hemond served in a front-office capacity when the Arizona Diamondbacks were first forming their expansion team, but he left before Arizona won the World Series in 2001 to return to the White Sox.

He was part of the front office staff when the White Sox won the 2005 World Series, before returning to the Diamondbacks in 2007 as a special assistant to the CEO.

Hemond was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Arizona Fall League, which began in 1992 and showcases many of the game’s top minor league prospects.

Through his many years in the game, he helped launch the careers of several notable front-office executives, including future MLB GMs Dave Dombrowski, Walt Jocketty, Dan Evans and Doug Melvin.

In 2011, the Baseball Hall of Fame presented Hemond with the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on the game and his “mentoring generations of baseball executives, past and present.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Roland Hemond, former White Sox, Orioles general manager, dies at 92