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Buzas operated about 60 minor league teams

Updated: March 20, 2003, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Former New York Yankees shortstop and longtime minor league team owner Joe Buzas has died at 84.

Buzas, who died Wednesday, owned the Salt Lake Stingers of the Pacific Coast League -- the AAA franchise for the Anaheim Angels. He had been ill for several years, the team said.

Buzas began his playing career in 1941. He was the Yankees' opening-day shortstop in 1945, but played only 30 games in the major leagues and batted .262.

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