Dallas Green, a Phillies baseball legend and the first manager to bring a World Series Championship to the city, has passed away. Green played for the Phillies between 1960 and 1964 (with a second stint in 1967) and he posted a 20-22 record with a 4.28 ERA. He was hired to manage the team in the interim after Danny Ozark was fired in 1979. That offseason he was named full-time manager, and turned an 84- 78 team that missed the playoffs into a 91-71 team that won their division and eventually brought the Phillies their first NL title in 30 years and first World Series ever.
After one more year managing the Phils, Green was hired away as the VP and GM of the Chicago Cubs, where he made what is considered one of the most lopsided trades in sports history, sending Iván DeJesús to his former club for Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg. After his tenure in Chicago, he later managed the Yankees and Mets. Green ended his career with a record of 454–478 as a manager and is the winningest manager in Phillies history, by win percentage, among managers who coached at least 299 games (he came one game shy of 300).
Green found himself back in the news a couple of years ago after his granddaughter was one of the victims of a shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona. He’d been back with the Phillies since 1998 as a front office advisor, and was inducted in the Wall of Fame in 2006. He passed away from kidney disease. He was 82 years old.
You can read touching and personal thoughts from Jim Salisbury about Dallas Green, the man, here.