Every sports fan has reached that moment where he feels obligated to inform his television screen that he could do a better job of running “that team” than “those bums” in charge. Hey, why not a top-level in-house attorney?

In 1983, Sandy Alderson went from being the general counsel of the Oakland Athletics baseball club to landing the team’s general manager position. From there, he was able to make personnel decisions on and off the field that eventually led to three American League pennants and a championship in 1989.

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