"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Walt Matthews, who played a significant role in the Colt .45s/Astros organization for more than 50 years," the team said in a statement. "During his distinguished career in baseball, Walt developed a reputation as one of the top scouts in the game, with a keen eye for evaluating talent.
"He was seen as larger than life by his peers, as a mentor to many young scouts, and as a great friend. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Walt's wife, Vicky, his entire family, and his many friends throughout the game and beyond."
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