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5 Things You May not Have Known About the Late Frank Cashen

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5 Facts You May not Have Known About the Late Frank Cashen

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On Monday, former New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles front office executive Frank Cashen passed away at the age of 88. Cashen was the architect of the Orioles 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams as well as the 1986 Mets. Here are five things you may not have known about Cashen.

5. He started as a sportswriter.

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5. He started as a sportswriter.

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Cashen played second-base while attending Loyala in Maryland, but opted to go into sports media rather than pursuing a major league career. For 17 years, Cashen was an award-winning writer for his hometown paper, the Baltimore News-American.

4. He earned a law degree.

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4. He earned a law degree.

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During his time as a sportswriter, Cashen earned a degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. He graduated with a JD in 1958.

3. His advertising job with Jerry Hoffberger landed him his first executive job.

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3. His advertising job with Jerry Hoffberger landed him his first executive job.

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Cashen did publicity and advertising work for Jerry Hoffsberger. In the 1960s Hoffsberger's company purchased the Baltimore Orioles and gave Cashen an executive job with the team.

2. He never got over the 1969 World Series.

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2. He never got over the 1969 World Series.

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Frank Cashen grew up in Maryland and worked his first executive job for the Baltimore Orioles. Despite World Series victories with the team in 1966 and 1971 plus 1986 with the Mets, Cashen still had hard feelings over his hometown team's World Series loss to the Mets in 1969.

1. He GM'd the Mets for a week in 1998.

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1. He GM'd the Mets for a week in 1998.

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Following the 1998 season, then-Mets GM Steve Phillips took a short leave from the team to handle a sexual harassment allegation. Seven years after stepping down as GM of the Mets, Cashen filled in for Phillips while he promptly handled the situation. During his week as GM, Cashen completed a trade to acquire Bobby Bonilla.

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