Mullen, John W. (1992)
John W. Mullen (September 30, 1924 – April 3, 1991) was an American Major League Baseball executive from 1947 to 1991 with the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros. Born in Maine, Mullen served as the farm system director and head of minor league operations with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1960 to 1966.
In 1967, Mullen became the executive assistant to the general manager of the Houston Astros. He served as acting general manager from July 10 to August 7, 1975, when Tal Smith assumed the permanent GM role. He remained with Houston until 1979.
Mr. Mullen believed in developing players through the farm system.
"Baseball has changed greatly because of escalating salaries and long-term, no-trade contracts," he said several years ago. "Signing and developing your own players is still the best avenue for success. Trading has become less and less important."
Mr. Mullen was also instrumental in player movements leading to a division title in 1982.
Mullen then returned to the Braves as their general manager in May 1979 after the sudden death of Bill Lucas. Led by sluggers Dale Murphy and Bob Horner, the Braves won the 1982 National League West Division championship during Mullen's tenure in this position.
After being replaced by Bobby Cox in 1986, Mullen served as vice president and assistant general manager of the Braves until 1990. John Mullen died at age 66 in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Wednesday, April 3, 1991. He was survived by his wife, Clair; a daughter, Kathleen; and two sons, Christopher and Richard.
Said Cox upon Mullen's death, "John had been with the Braves since their Boston days. No one has done more for the Braves than John Mullen. We'll all miss him."