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On Sunday at 73, after a long illness, former first baseman Don Mincher, who played his first year with the Washington Senators and six more with the team after they became the Minnesota Twins, then also played for the A's, Rangers (including the last year of the second incarnation of the Senators before they moved to Texas), Angels and the Seattle Pilots. In '65, Mincher stepped in for an injured Harmon Killebrew and led the Twins to the pennant, before they lost the World Series in seven games to the Dodgers. He made it back to the Series in his final season, '72, with the A's, who beat the Reds in seven games. In between Mincher made the All-Star team twice. Upon his retirement he worked as general manager of the Double A Huntsville (Ala.) Stars from '85 to 2000, and from '00 until last October as president of the Double A Southern League. In '10, Minor League Baseball named Mincher King of Baseball, an annual honor that recognizes lifetime dedication and service to the sport.