Right-handed, mustache Keough pitched in 170 games for the Oakland A's
from 1977 to 1983, earning an All-Star Game appearance as a rookie in 1978 and AL's comeback player of the year award in 1980. He later spent time with the Yankees, Cardinals, Cubs and Astros, as well as with Hanshin Tigers of the Japanese the baseball league.
In recent years, Keough worked as an executive for the athletics organization under the renowned executive Billy Beane.
"Matt was a great baseball guy and a proud Oakland A," said Beane
, A & # 39; s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations. "He had an incredible passion for the game, and we were fortunate to have him and his wealth of knowledge with us in the years he worked as a special assistant.
"He left an unforgettable impression on everyone he touched in baseball. Our sincere condolences are with the entire Keough family tonight."
In addition, Keough appeared twice on the Bravo reality show "Real Housewives in Orange County,
"which contained his ex-wife Jeana Keough
and their children, Kara, Shane and Colton.
It has been a tragic few weeks for the family. Kara Keough, who is married to former NFL player Kyle Bosworth, said in April that their newborn son died during childbirth
"Dad, please take care of my son," Kara Keough wrote on Instagram late Saturday night. "Teach him the circle change and how you can find friends forever. You're on the stepfather in heaven now."
As CEO of A, Keough appeared several times Michael Lewis's bestselling book "Moneyball", which researched
how underfunded A & # 39; s consistently outperformed wealthy teams.
"Matty, as he is known, was easily the most detached of the group," Lewis wrote. "He had the air of a man who took a break from an eternal Hawaiian soul vacation to come over and talk to his old mates."