Marietta, GA -- The Southern League is mourning the passing of former President Don Mincher on the evening of Sunday, March 4, at his home in Huntsville, AL. Mr. Mincher was 73 years old, and had retired from the Southern League in October, due to ongoing health issues. He was named President Emeritus of the Southern League upon his retirement.
A 13-year major leaguer, Mincher capped his playing career by winning a World Series ring as a member of the Oakland Athletics in 1972. The two-time American League All-Star hit 200 home runs during his big league career with the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Seattle Pilots, Washington Senators, Texas Rangers and A's.
Don Mincher originally joined the Southern League as General Manager of the Huntsville Stars in 1984. He assembled a group of local owners and purchased the Stars in 1994, marking the first time the team was locally owned and operated. During his tenure, the Stars won two Southern League Championships and sent countless players to the majors. Mincher's peers honored him twice during that time as Southern League Executive of the Year. He was elected to the Southern League presidency in October 2000 after serving several months as Interim President.
Mincher received two great honors in 2008 - he was enshrined in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, and Minor League Baseball presented him with the Warren Giles Award for outstanding service as a league president. At the close of 2010, Don was surprised at the annual Baseball Winter Meeting's Banquet by being named the "King of Baseball"- the highest honor Minor League Baseball bestows upon a member.
Don Mincher was a beloved fixture in his hometown of Huntsville, AL and will be sadly missed by his many friends in that community, as well as all of the friends and colleagues he associated with for so many years in Major League and Minor League Baseball circles. He was a leader and mentor, gentleman and friend, and was a positive influence on so many people during his lifetime.
Mincher is survived by his wife, Pat, his son Mark, his two daughters Lori Lumpkin and Donna Hopper, their spouses, six grandchildren, and three great-grandsons.
Funeral arrangements include visitation on Tuesday, March 6, from 5-8 p.m., followed by a funeral on Wednesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. (CST). Both visitation and funeral services will be held at the Mayfair Church of Christ, 1095 Carl T. Jones Drive, SE, Huntsville, AL 35802-1866.