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O's Hall of Fame exec Harry Dalton dies at 77

Source: AP (via Yahoo)

Harry Dalton, who spent more than four decades as an executive with the Baltimore Orioles, California Angels and Milwaukee Brewers and completed one off baseball's most lopsided trades, died Sunday. He was 77.

Dalton died from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Dalton was voted into the Halls of Fame for both the Orioles and Brewers. His clubs reached the World Series five times -- Baltimore won the title in 1966 and 1970, and much of its success was the result of the deal he made to bring Frank Robinson to town.

Robinson was 30 in December 1965 and at the time, the Cincinnati Reds considered him past his prime. In a deal that Lee MacPhail started before leaving Baltimore for the commissioner's office, Dalton finished off his first trade as the Orioles' GM -- he acquired Robinson from the Reds for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson.

Robinson went on to win the Triple Crown in 1966 and led the Orioles to their first World Series title. Robinson was later voted into the Hall of Fame.