Former Syracuse Chiefs outfielder and long time major league baseball executive Bill Lajoie passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76 in Osprey, FL.

Lajoie played for the Chiefs for one month in Syracuse in 1962.  Acquired from the Kansas City Athletics organization in August off the Toronto Maple Leafs roster, Lajoie went on to hit .327 with 1 HR and 16 RBI in 32 games for the Chiefs that season.  He also had a base hit in his first 12 games.  He was returned to the Athletics at the conclusion of the 1962 season and assigned to Portland of the PCL.

He played 10 seasons of professional baseball all at the minor league level and six in AAA.  He also played in Montreal, Toronto and Miami in the International League.

LaJoie would also manage in 1968 (Reds) and 1969 with the Tigers organization at Bristol (rookie league).  He would go on to spend the next 23 years in the Detroit organization in player development, taking over as General Manager in 1983. His 1984 Tigers won the World Series.

The Michigan native spent the past two seasons with the Pirates as the Senior Advisor to GM Neil Huntington.

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