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An All-Star on the field during his 12-year playing career, most notably for the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves, Gaston is best remembered as the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays teams that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. In 1992 Gaston became the first AfricanAmerican manager in major league history to win a World Series title.

He managed the Blue Jays from 1989 to 1997, then returned for a second stint at the helm for Toronto from 2008 to 2010 before officially retiring from the game. Over his managing career, Gaston collected 894 wins. In 2008, Gaston was presented with a Negro League Hall of Fame Legacy Award.

He is also enshrined in the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and owns an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.

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