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Former Pirates GM Brown passes away

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8/16/2010 4:27:56 PM
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Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Former Pirates general manager Joe L. Brown died Sunday at the age of 91.

Brown was the Pirates' GM from 1955-76, during which time the team won two World Series titles (1960, '71).

"The news of Joe's passing yesterday afternoon at the age of 91 was met with great sadness by everyone within the Pirates organization," said Pirates president Frank Coonelly in a statement. "As the architect behind the 1960 and 1971 World Series teams, we were honored that Joe was able to return to Pittsburgh in June to help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 team. The ovation he received from the crowd prior to the game was a special moment for Joe and his family, as was his company the entire weekend for all of us.

"Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter, Cynthia, his son, Don, and his family and friends. He was a great man and true Pittsburgh Pirate. He will be missed by everyone within the Pirates family."

Brown, who took over the GM duties in 1955 from Branch Rickey, returned briefly to the role in 1985.

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