Behm, former Detroit Tigers trainer, dies at 90

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Former longtime Detroit Tigers trainer Bill Behm, who served in the position during both the team's 1968 and 1984 championship seasons, has died. He was 90.

Family friend and former Tigers public relations director Dan Ewald says Behm died Thursday in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn after a long illness.

Behm played basketball for his junior high and high school teams in Pittsburgh before graduating in 1943 from Wake Forest University, where he served as a student manager for sports teams. He began working in the minor leagues in 1947. He later served for decades as the Tigers trainer.

Behm is survived by his wife Donna and their daughter Annemarie. Arrangements are being handled by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home in Dearborn.