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Published December 28, 2010, 10:11 PM

Ex-Tigers General Manager Bill Lajoie Dead at 76

Former Detroit general manager Bill Lajoie, whose eye for talent helped build the Tigers team that won the 1984 World Series championship, has died. He was 76.

By: Associated Press,

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit general manager Bill Lajoie, whose eye for talent helped build the Tigers team that won the 1984 World Series championship, has died. He was 76.

Tigers spokesman Brian Britten said Lajoie died Tuesday. Lajoie was working as a special assistant to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the time of his death.

Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said Lajoie played a crucial role in building up the team that made it to the pinnacle of Major League Baseball 26 years ago.

Lajoie served the Tigers as scouting director and assistant general manager before coming general manager in 1984, a job he held till 1990.

After leaving Detroit, Lajoie served as an assistant for the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and other baseball clubs.

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