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Pat McMahon

Updated May 20, 2014 - 6:47 am

Front-office family

There are a lot of ways to define the word "family."

Most people think of it as a unit of society, usually cohabitating, commonly made up of legally bonded adults and children.

"The Sopranos" television series, meanwhile, offered a completely different meaning. One often hears athletes and coaches refer to a team as family.

Well, a few days ago, the Arizona Diamondbacks welcomed into their family, a very rich uncle. Tony La Russa is one of those baseball names that is instantly recognizable, even to people who aren't sports fans.

And to people who love the game, it's as if Michael Jordan turned out to be as good at baseball as he was playing hoops and we got him.

Too much praise for someone who just started in a position that was created for him, attempting to turn around a team with one of the worst records in the major leagues? This Hall of Famer has won league championships six times, three World Series and has been Manager of the Year four times. Are those credentials enough for a chief baseball officer? Nice to have you in the family, Tony.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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