A well-deserved honor: Bluefield Blue Jays President George McGonagle, who has been with the rookie Appalachian League club for more than 50 years, was named 2012 “King of Baseball” tonight at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet.
The “King of Baseball” is a long-standing tradition in which Minor League Baseball salutes a veteran from the professional baseball world for long-time dedication and service.
McGonagle began working for the Bluefield club in 1951. He has served as its president since 1988 and was also Bluefield’s general manager from 1995-2007, before retiring from that role.
Since then, McGonagle has returned to the general-manager position on an interim basis on three occasions in order ensure the club’s success and sustainability, until a replacement could be found. He was named the Appalachian League Executive of the Year in 1990, 1995 and 2007.
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