Oldest living former Phillie dead at 97

PHILADELPHIA - December 9, 2010

Villanova said Thursday in a statement that Mahan died Tuesday. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Rydal.

A 1936 graduate of Villanova, Mahan played first baseman for the Phillies in the 1940 season, batting .244 with a pair of home runs and 39 RBIs.

He returned to Villanova in 1950 to coach the baseball team through 1972. In 1961, he was named director of athletics, a job he held until he retired in 1978.

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