Jacksonville Suns' owner dies

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Peter Bragan, Sr., the longtime owner of the Jacksonville Suns, died Saturday.

Bragan was recently admitted to the hospital for kidney failure.

Bragan, an automobile dealer from Birmingham, Alabama, bought the Suns in 1984.

Bragan's ownership of the club marks the longest tenure of any owner in Jacksonville professional sports history.

At the time, the team was the Jacksonville Expos, a minor league affiliate of the Montreal Expos. Expos teams made trips to the playoffs in four of the seven seasons they were in Jacksonville, but again finished just shy of bringing the city its first Southern League championship. The Expos years were probably the richest in Major League talent as a number of players went on to The Show including Randy Johnson, Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga, Marquis Grissom, DeLino DeShields and John VanderWal, to name a few.

The Suns changed parent organizations over from the Expos to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Suns are currently the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

Bragan was 89 years old.