When Andy MacPhail wrestled with the idea of walking away from the Orioles as club president last fall, one of the primary factors in ultimately making the decision was the chance to spend more time with his elderly father.

Lee MacPhail Jr., the Hall of Fame baseball executive, died Friday at age 95, roughly a year after Andy stepped down from the Orioles.

Andy MacPhail told me last month he had no regrets in making the decision, and that he had been able to visit his father in Florida several times in 2012. That included a 95th birthday celebration in mid-October.

Only once did I meet Lee MacPhail, who was the Orioles' general manager from 1959 to 1965 and helped to lay the foundation for the Orioles' championship clubs of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

But I did have the opportunity to watch a few innings of a spring training game in 2008 with him, Andy and Lee's grandson (and Andy's nephew), Lee IV, in Fort Lauderdale. That day will stick with me for a while.

Here is the piece from that sun-soaked afternoon.

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