Thursday, December 9, 2010

Former Villanova AD, Art Mahan Dies at 97

Art Mahan, a former Villanova graduate, has passed away at the age of 97 on Tuesday. Mahan served as the Villanova Baseball coach from 1950-1973, racking up 236 wins and four NCAA tournament appearances. Between 1961-1973, he served as the Villanova Athletic Director, then later transitioned to Vice President of Athletics before his retirement in 1978.

Mahan was also a first baseman on the Philadelphia Phillies, compiling a .244 batting average and 2 homeruns in 1940, his only MLB season. He left the team to serve the US Navy during World War II. He was the fourth oldest living Major League Baseball player and the oldest Philadelphia Phillie.

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