Minority owner and vice chairman of the Chicago White Sox, Eddie Einhorn, died Wednesday at the age of 80.

According to Jay Levin of the Record, Einhorn’s wife, Ann, revealed the longtime broadcasting executive died due to complications from a stroke.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred released a statement regarding Einhorn’s passing, via MLB Communications:

Per Levin, Einhorn’s son, Jeff, commented on his father’s passion for athletics: “He loved sports, but his love of sports was best expressed behind the scenes.”

Einhorn was instrumental in the national radio and television syndication of college basketball as the founder of TVS Television. He sold the company in 1973 and used his fortune to purchase the White Sox along with Jerry Reinsdorf in 1981, according to Levin.

Prior to that, Einhorn also held an executive position with CBS Sports and founded the short-lived International Wrestling Association in 1975.

Many within the baseball world have mourned Einhorn’s death already, including MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, who praised the Paterson, New Jersey, native:

Also, former White Sox assistant general manager and current Toronto Blue Jays scout Dan Evans paid his respects on Twitter:

During his time with the White Sox, Einhorn was part of five playoff appearances, including a World Series championship in 2005, which marked the club’s first title since 1917.

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