Former Cardinals GM Bing Devine Dies at 90

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Bing Devine, the St. Louis Cardinals' general manager who helped build teams that won three NL pennants and two World Series in the 1960s, died yesterday. He was 90.

Devine, who had been ill since Christmas, died at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, said his widow, Mary Devine.

"He had surgery, bless his heart," Mary Devine said. "He had too many little things, and he decided today was the day for him to leave. We were all there holding his hands.

"He had a wonderful baseball life, and he was still working for the Cardinals, and I tell you he would have worked for them for free."

Vaughan P. "Bing" Devine, was general manager of the Cardinals from 1957 to 1964 and again in 1967-68, and helped acquire Hall of Fame players Bob Gibson and Lou Brock. The Brock trade with the Cubs is considered one of the most lopsided deals in major league history.

The Cardinals won World Series titles in 1964 and 1967, and the pennant in 1968.

Devine also was assistant to the president, and then president, of the New York Mets in the late 1960s. He later served as president of the NFL's St. Louis Cardinals from 1981 to 1986. He eventually returned to work with the baseball Cardinals, as a special scout and adviser to general manager Walt Jocketty.

· SOCCER: U.S. striker Brian McBride and Canadian forward Tomasz Radzinski scored to lead Fulham to a 3-0 win over Stoke in fourth-round play in England's FA Cup.

Premier League clubs had a good day, with only West Ham and Middlesbrough failing to advance. West Ham lost, 1-0, against Watford, and Middlesbrough blew a two-goal lead to tie, 2-2, at Bristol City of third-tier League One.

In yesterday's other FA Cup games involving Premier League teams, Reading won, 3-2, at Birmingham; Tottenham beat Southend, 3-1, at White Hart Lane; and Blackburn cruised to a 4-0 win over Luton. . . .

In Germany, Schalke opened a three-point lead atop Bundesliga with a 3-1 win against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bayern Munich fell six points behind Schalke after losing to Boressia Dortmund, 3-2, on Friday.

Energie Cottbus beat Borussia Moenchengladbach, 3-1, as Vlad Munteau scored the third in the 90th minute after U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller let the ball slip out of his hands. . . .

Juventus maintained its two-point lead atop Italy's Serie B after Pavel Nedved scored a 90th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 tie with Spezia. . . .

James Fanchone and Grafite scored to lead Le Mans to a 2-0 win over Marseille in the French league. Marseille's eighth loss of the season means it remains on 36 points from 22 rounds. Le Mans has 31. . . .

Rangers failed to win in Scotland's Premier League for the first time since Walter Smith took over as manager on Jan. 10, tying, 0-0, with visiting Hearts. Aberdeen won for the first time in five matches to move into third place with a 2-0 win at St. Mirren.

· TRACK & FIELD: Bernard Lagat led from start to finish and won the 1,500 meters at the Norwich Union indoor meet for his first win as a U.S. athlete, then took a victory lap carrying an American flag.

Lagat, who won in 3 minutes 45.55 seconds to beat former Kenyan teammate Laban Rotich by slightly more than a second, switched to U.S. citizenship after winning silver in the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Under international rules, he couldn't compete at any subsequent major championships until now.

"It's my first time holding the American flag, so it's very special," said Lagat. "This is the beginning of many times that I will be able to carry the flag high for the United States."

Other winners for the United States were Aarik Wilson in the long jump, Milton Campbell in the 200 and Richard Smith in the 800.

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