Carl Barger

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Carl F. Barger (born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, August 18, 1930 - December 9, 1992) was a high-powered Pittsburgh attorney and baseball executive.

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Barger became the President of the Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball team, serving from 1987 through the beginning of 1991. He became the first president of the Florida Marlins (now the Miami Marlins) on July 8, 1991. However, he died of an aneurysm during MLB's winter meetings in 1992 in Louisville, Kentucky. On April 5, 1993, the day that the Marlins played their first-ever regular-season game, the Marlins retired the number 5 in Barger's memory, as his favorite player was Joe DiMaggio (who wore number 5 in his career); no Marlin has ever worn jersey number 5. The only other person to have his number retired by the Marlins was Jackie Robinson, whose number 42 jersey was retired throughout Major League Baseball to honor his achievement of breaking baseball's color barrier.

However, on February 11, 2012, the Marlins unretired #5, as that that number will be worn by Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison beginning with the 2012 season in favor of a plaque with #5 depicted on it honoring Barger.

Additionally, the Marlins designated the practice areas and fields next to Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, as the Carl F. Barger Baseball Complex.

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Preceded by
Malcolm Prine
President of the Pittsburgh Pirates
1989-1991
Succeeded by
Mark Sauer
Preceded by
first President
President of the Florida Marlins
1992
Succeeded by
Don Smiley