Former Chicago Cubs manager and Boston Red Sox player Don Baylor died Monday, his wife told ESPN in a statement.
Baylor, 68, had been battling cancer. He played for the Red Sox from 1986 to 1987 and won the American League MVP award in 1979 with the California Angels.
He played 19 seasons in all, including stints with the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. He also managed the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs after his playing career was over.
“Today, baseball lost a genuine class act," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. "I join the City of Chicago in mourning the loss of Don Baylor, not just a great Cubs manager but a great man. He lived his life with the same unflinching toughness with which he approached the batter’s box – unafraid to take a hit. Baseball, and the world, has lost a respected clubhouse leader and an accomplished athlete with the rare distinction of playing in three consecutive World Series with three different teams. Amy and I send our prayers and condolences to the Baylor family.”