Malcolm "Mac" Prine, a former president of the Pirates and chief executive at Ryan Homes, died in hospice care early Tuesday morning. He was 83.
Prine oversaw the hiring of former manager Jim Leyland in 1985, but resigned after two years as team president after an internal power struggle with general manager Syd Thrift. He was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year -- 37 years after he quit smoking, said his daughter, Peggy Joy.
He became Pirates president in 1985 when Ryan Homes joined several other companies in an ownership group.
"He absolutely loved that job," Joy said.
Prine also was a football referee for 33 years, eventually working games in college football's Mid-American Conference.
His affection for baseball started in Columbus, Ohio, where he excelled in a fast-pitch softball league.
Even after his tenure as Pirates president, Prine stayed connected to the Pirates as a season-ticket holder.
He also is survived by his second wife, Barbara Prine, and daughters Diane Stewart and Martha Prine, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.